Usually I talk about my ADD while making fun of myself.
Or how it has affected how I handle a situation.
Most of the time I can find humor in it.
But I've noticed (and my family has too) as I get older it's getting harder to deal with and not so funny any more.
I wasn't officially diagnosed with ADD until my oldest son Bud was diagnosed.
I was around 32 (I think).
I had never considered that I might have something like that (did we even have that diagnosis when we were kids?).
Up until that point, I had struggled through school, I was unorganized, forgetful, a horrible reader.
I figured that I was just stupid.
When I heard the doctors describe what ADD was and how it affected Bud, I started to notice similarities in the way I had struggled and was continuing to struggle.
I ended up going to a specialist and getting tested and diagnosed.
My doctor put me on Ritalin.
It was like a miracle drug to me.
For the first time in my life, I read a whole book.
Actually, that's when I fell in love with reading.
I read constantly trying to make up for so much lost time.
I noticed I was more organized and able to finish tasks.
I didn't forget things so often.
But I hated the way the drugs made me feel.
This was right around the time that we were going through another major relocation for The Hubby's job.
I let my prescription run out.
Didn't ask my new doctor for any more.
I learned some new coping mechanisms.
And have been getting along "okay" since then.
Well, those coping mechanisms aren't working so well anymore.
I think it has something to do with getting older (oh joy!).
So I broke down and went to the doctor and asked her about getting on some meds again.
She wanted me to be retested to help choose a medication that is right for my symptoms.
Turns out the severity of my ADD is off the charts....hmmm. that explains a lot!
So today I start on my new medication.
I'm excited to see how these new meds work for me.
I'm excited to be able to concentrate for more than 10 minutes on one thing.
I'm excited to not forget to pick my kids up from school anymore.
I'm excited to see if I can get a little more creative.
Don't worry, I'm sure there will still be lots of blog posts about how I screw things up, look at things a little off and make lots of mistakes parenting.
I'm not expecting miracles here.