The Cell Phone Saga: Another Chapter in My Life with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 785

My iPhone has a great GPS and since I’m directionally challenged, I use it a lot.  Sometimes it sends me on a wild goose chase, but usually it’s right on.

So I set it in the cup holder of the rental car where I could easily see it and hear it.  Once before, I’d walked out and forgot it there, so the small voice said, “This is not a good idea.”

But I also knew that if I set it in my lap I was likely to forget it and when I got out of the car it would likely fall to the ground and break, so I said, ” Oh, no, I’ll just make a point of remembering it.”

Got to the Springfield Airport just fine.  Turned the car in. Guess what?

But it was early Saturday morning, and no one was in any of the car rental booths.

I left a note with my name and address and explaining the problem in the key drop box , where I’d earlier dropped the keys, which meant I couldn’t get back into the car.

So when I got home, I called the Avis counter at the airport.  See, I couldn’t call before, because I didn’t have my iPhone.  The nice man said he had it, but I would have to call Monday and talk to someone then.

Monday was a holiday, and I didn’t think they’d be there and I kind of forgot it. Know what I mean?  Tuesday I was swamped.  Wednesday I was at work and couldn’t make a call.  So my dear sainted wife made the call for me.

The Avis guy was not very nice and not very helpful, but he said she’d have to call Fed Express.  Could the guy have told me that on Saturday? The Fed Express lady was not very nice and not very helpful.  She insisted that we open a Fed Express account.  Finally my wife got it arranged.  $45 for shipping, $9 for picking it up, and $9 for something else.  

You can do the math.

Supposed to be here tomorrow, Friday.  Supposed to.

You’d think that Avis, the big company who I’ve paid a lot for rentals, could have just generously shipped it.

You’d think that, wouldn’t you?

You’d think by now I would’ve learned to listen to the small voice, wouldn’t you?

ADHD Strategy O the Day:

Listen to the small voice.  It knows better than you do.


Question O the Day:

Is losing your iPhone worse if you have ADHD?  Yes, I know it’s more likely, but is it worse?

Bonus Links:

stop losing things?

lost it again


Oh, My!

Additional Plaint O the Day:

They said it would be here Friday.  Today is Saturday.  Do you think it’s here yet?

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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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9 Responses to The Cell Phone Saga: Another Chapter in My Life with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 785

  1. Pingback: Losing Things – Living with ADHD and Three Strategies — ADHD Tip O the Day 798 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. rammkatze says:

    I feel your pain, Doug. Last year I shattered the screen of my phone because I was trying not to forget about it and break it – the irony…
    Now I have a new phone and I put a protective hardened glass cover over the screen. It messes up the sensitivity of the touch pad in the most annoying way, but: I already broke one hardened glass cover sheet and chipped the second one. Sensitivity issues it is, then!

    Liked by 1 person

    • ram –
      oh my!
      all this is why i dont keep my appointments on my phone, as i am often asked.
      i am a klutz and I lose things. I am not “a loser”, tho, nor are you.
      thank you for commenting


  3. Mike says:

    My watch buzzes if it loses contact with my phone. Helpful.


    • Mike
      that sounds very helpful. Technology helping with ADHD. However, I don’t wear a watch. Have read that many ADHDers don’t. Wonder why?
      Thank you for commenting

      ADHD watch

      wear a watch?


      • rammkatze says:

        I used a watch until I learned my trade and had to stop using a watch during work time (safety and hygiene issues). But now that I think of it, I had a lot of ADHD-related habits about my watch I could write you a list of. And back then, I didn’t know I had ADHD…

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        • ram-
          i used to wear a watch, when I moved to santa fe gave it up. feels like freedom. i know that makes no sense, but still –.
          maybe you could share a couple of your ADHD issues with the watch?
          thank you for all you comments


          • rammkatze says:

            Well, sensory issues, of course: I had to have my watch loose enough that I could move it 2 inches up by pushing it – because when typing at the PC, I’d feel the watch squishing my write. Or sometimes I just became aware of the watch and didn’t like it being there, so I’d push it up. Or down. And here we come to fidgeting. Hello? Just taking it off when I was sitting for a long time and fidget, fidget, fidget, remove any collected dirt from ridges, etc. Sleeping with the watch was impossible, I’d always feel it (in the links you shared, ADHDers who wear watches also seem to remove them to sleep, something I never heard from anyone else), so: remove it. And back to sensory: I liked how soft the skin got under the watch from not breathing properly, so fidgeting the soft skin or putting it up to my lips. My, my. Quite a lot of stuff!


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