Back Again and Still Tech Challenged — ADHD Tip O the Day 748

Have been on an assignment and no internet.  Survived without it, but no blogs.

I was moved by those who expressed concern, for my health or sanity.  thank you

The job had many good points, but the electronic record system, Med Tech, has been a killer.  Steep learning curve.  Just as I think I’m getting it, it thinks up another curve to throw at me.  Thought it was me, but hear complaints from others, and the last two nasty tricks it played took the IT folks who have been baby sitting me hours to figure out.


But now I’m in a nice motel room.

Cannot get the coffee maker to work!


Does anyone else have experience with these electronic systems?

Would appreciate comments, but just remember this is a family blog and might be read by children.


Bonus Links:

From Laurie on ADHD in women (they’re different)

From Jerry, there are some good things about tech


  1. curse
  2. call IT again
  3. curse

Question O the Day

Why does facebook insist on messing up my pictures?

Bonus slightly obscene question O the Day

Does a stopped up motel toilet count as technology?


#adhd, @dougmkpdp, @adultstrategies


About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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18 Responses to Back Again and Still Tech Challenged — ADHD Tip O the Day 748

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  3. holdthatthought says:

    Doug, some advise when learning new & unfamiliar systems: take notes.

    as a “tech savvy” millennial who works in and is always surrounded in tech-related stuff all the time, trust me when I say that taking notes with how to navigate/complete tasks with a new electronic system has been the best way of learning the how-to.
    (sorry for the run-on)

    I’m currently starting a new job and have had to learn a bunch of new stuff with all of this tech stuff I’ve never seen before. it’s not just you, sometimes it feels very unintuitive and confusing. hang in there and keep referring to your notes. it gets easier.

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    • hold-
      i do take notes, but often when i look at them i cant read them or they dont make sense. when i take too many notes, i cant find the ones i need when i need them. but still, its better than not taking notes
      thank you for the comment


  4. rammkatze says:

    I don’t consider myself technically challenged. At least not when it comes to electronic devices. I’d say I’m about average to slightly above average – it probably stems from the fact that my big sis bought an 89 commodore in the 80’s for he translation work and so I grew up with computers – With DOS, imagine that! Whose commands I had to write in English as an 8 year old 🙂

    But if it’s a comfort, I try to do my own bicycle-repairs and such, and it’s very confusing. I already built 2 wheels from scratch, one of them completely on my own. And right now, I have one that I can’t build correctly, go figure why! Every time I make a different mistake and have to start all over! I’ve had to screw and unscrew all 36 spokes THREE TIMES already and I still haven’t gotten in right. It makes me feel very frustrated and on the verge of tears. I assume it’s what some people feel like when dealing with fussy technology :p Still: I enjoy it, I need it and I won’t quit 🙂


    • ram –
      sorry, your comment got lost in my mad shuffle. You are fortunate not to be technologically challenged. We ADHDers have many things in common, but we don’t all have exactly the same package of symptoms. I am impressed that you can fix the bicycle. I probably would not even try. If you enjoy it though, that’s great. And you should feel proud of yourself for not quitting.
      I always appreciate your comments.
      Best wishes


      • rammkatze says:

        No problems, and I can’t fix my bike without help! I started doing this when I had no money to take the bike to the bike shop. But I do enjoy it. If it helps: I can’t knit for my life. I mean to do it as a means of training patience, and so far…. it’s been a heck of a patience exercise with not a single result to show for!

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  5. Jeff says:

    Hi Doug. Was so glad to hear you are doing well, and that your blogs had stopped for a good reason. Welcome back!

    My wife and I have had problems with technology after buying a 2016 model car that replaced one over 10 years older. Our new car has some nice features we’ve never had before, which aren’t always that nice! Instead of an ignition switch it has a push button! Plus it has keyless entry, which means the car senses you have the fob in your pocket and unlocks the door for you. Unfortunately, it occasionally locks and unlocks the door when you don’t want it to!

    The car also has touchscreen radio controls, like the touchscreen on a smartphone. Our car has been back to the dealer twice in recent months because they apparently haven’t perfected this technology yet! I never had to take any other car to the shop because the radio didn’t work! In this case, the entire touchscreen went black!

    The latest problem occurred when the oil light came on after an oil change. I returned to the shop, thinking the drain plug was leaking oil. Instead I learned that with this model the oil light is also displayed when the oil is FULL! Sometimes technology isn’t as wonderful as they make it out to be! ARGHHHHH!!! Jeff

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  6. right. glad to have one


  7. LOL – Tech challenged? I can barely use a phone anymore.

    Hate to sound like an old lady driving her buggy into town as she complains about those new-fangled automobiles, but I miss the good ole’ days when all phones worked pretty much alike and “swipe” was something done to cookies (um, the kind kid’s eat, btw – for any children who might be reading).
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    PS. Check out my blog, Doug – I’d really love to see you engaged over there from time to time. (brain-based, with tons of effort to stay current). Yesterday’s post was about suicide and ADD/HD.

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