With ADHD, I need a wife, an iPhone, and strategies.
I had an 8:30 breakfast appointment with my boss at an excellent restaurant. And he was paying. I set the alarm; it worked. I got up on time, got ready and left on time. I had a nice brisk walk, but went past the restaurant. I soon realized this, turned around, found the restaurant, and was only a few minutes late.
Miraculous for someone with ADHD, right?
The boss and I had an enjoyable, productive and delicious meeting. At 10:36 my sainted wife, who looks after me, called and asked if I’d forgotten the 11 AM meeting at my other job.
Guess what? I had.
I wrapped up the meeting, excused myself, walked briskly to my car parked behind the house, and rushed to the meeting.
But the bridge was out. I tried to find way around, but couldn’t. I called for directions and asked them to tell my colleagues I’d be a little late.
The directions didn’t work. I figured I’d missed the turn so I went round again. Same path, same results.
Pulled over, got on the GPS, and although it directed me to the bridge that was out, I was able to figure out what to do. Turns out I hadn’t properly followed the directions.
I drove as fast as I could and got there at 11:30, only 30 minutes late. No one was there except the administrator, who gave me a surprised look and asked why I’d come so early.
The meeting was scheduled for 1 o’clock. Not 11 o’clock. It’s the other day’s meeting that’s at 11 o’clock.
This gives me time to get a head start on the paperwork, to dictate this blog into my iPhone, and to make some phone calls. In addition, the kind administrator just brought me a snack so I won’t get hypoglycemic.
So I dictated this blog. Unfortunately, halfway through, it somehow got erased. That’s the way technology treats me. However, I remained calm, and dictated it again. Here it is.
All is well. Surely the universe is unfolding according to plan.
Just another day in the life of a person with ADHD.
Know what I’m talking about?
Written with SwiftKey Note ( while I waited for the 1:00 pm meeting to start.)
Sent from my iPhone (Which I finally got back on Monday from Springfield, Avis, and FedEx. Thank goodness. Otherwise, this whole story would’ve been a disaster.)
ADHD Strategy O the Day:
As I said above, we need a caretaker, a smart phone, and strategies. That’s the strategy.
Heads Up O the Day:
My intention is to finish the article on
next time. This is where we actually try to answer the question and look at why the frequency of the diagnosis is increasing. Any guesses or opinions you want to offer in advances will be welcome.
Note that this is an intention. I’ve learned to never make promises. You can count that as a bonus strategy.