I always thought that adversity strengthened our peace of mind by challenging it and shifting it. But where it my peace of mind and self control now? Now that the tears are finally dry and my face is swollen and my eyes are red and oh-so-attractive for public appearances, I can grudgingly accept that peace of mind would have helped in this circumstance. But it didn’t come into play until later, much later than needed.
I am NOT a hoarder. Far from it. I make regular trips to the Salvation Army to unburden my household of stuff (that I probably should not have bought in the first place). But I do hang on to some things past their expiration dates. LIke empty boxes of things I bought. I am afraid … Continue reading But I might need it someday…
Researchers have finally acknowledged that ADHD plays out differently for women than it does for men because of our feminine hormones, estrogen and progesterone. In an article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in April 2014, Ronit Haimov-Kockman and Itali Berger connect the dots between cognitive performance and hormone swings, specifically during the menstrual period. … Continue reading It’s the hormones, guys. Duh!
My mom took “diet pills” back in the ’60s and cleaned house until 3 am! Years later she told me that she loved getting so much done. Those little pepper-upper diet pills were amphetamines, the forerunner of popular ADHD medications like Adderall. Looks like we’ve come full circle: January 30, 2015 the FDA approved Vyvanse•, … Continue reading Vyvanse approved as treatment for binge eating
Hearts and roses. I didn’t get any on Valentine’s Day, but it’s OK. I know Victor loves me. He’s usually great at remembering holidays and bringing home flowers and other emblems of affection. This year, though, we were out of town, preoccupied by a very different kind of love…
As much as I love the clear, uncluttered sparkle of my freshly-cleaned kitchen, there must be a darker side of me – my evil twin – who can’t tolerate a horizontal surface untouched by papers or keys or … an ice cream maker. After I have spent time painstakingly tucking each piece of paper into … Continue reading Good vs evil in my ADHD brain
Last weekend, Milli the super Sheltie and I went to the AKC agility trial in Raleigh, NC. I was not looking forward to it, believe me. We had attended our first agility trial a few weeks ago and it was a disaster. Little Milli and her mom (me) were stressed out. Didn’t know what to … Continue reading Agility and ADHD do NOT mix well
Victor will finally have to go on oxygen. For a 63-year-old cystic fibrosis patient, thats probably not a startling statement. But for me, it spells the real beginning of the finale. And I am rocked to my foundations. I just read an article about how CF patients die. I was surprised to learn that most … Continue reading Coming to grips with reality
This is no ordinary grocery list. It’s a customized list of the things I use and need to replenish regularly. AND it’s organized by the layout of my favorite grocery store. AND it’s attached to the front of my refrigerator so I can easily check off the items I need, then whisk it off to the store with me.
I rediscovered a marvelous, free download that automatically dims the glare on my screen according to the time of day at my office. Unfortunately, our brains can’t tell the difference between the artificial computer-generated blue-spectrum light and morning light, so it signals our brain to stay awake