I am not one for reading medical columns in the newspaper since after I finish reading one I start to  see symptoms of whatever disorder was discussed in myself and I am sure I have that illness.  I don’t need that.

I have noticed, though, that there is something wrong with me.  As I read an article by John Usalis in our Sunday paper I had an aha moment.  What he described is exactly what I have.  He even had a name for it: Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder, AAADD.

Here is an example of how it works in me.

I thought of trying a new recipe for dinner so I went out to look in a binder where I keep recipes I cut out of magazines and newspapers.  I found one I like.  I also found a cookie recipe that sounded interesting so I thought I would make those as well.

I went to the cupboard to check on ingredients and found I was short on flour so a quick trip to the store was necessary.  As I walked the aisles of the store I found a few things that looked good even though they weren’t on the list I didn’t write.  I threw them into the care.

When I got home I unpacked the bags and got ready to bake.  I looked out the window and saw that the mail had just been delivered.  I went out to get it.  Walking back to the house i noticed that there were a couple of bills intermingled with the junk mail.

I thought I would sit down at the desk and pay them so that I wouldn’t forget about them.  I got out the checkbook and noticed I was short on checks.  I needed to get some more which happened to be in a drawer in the other room.

As I was headed for them one of the cats decided this was the perfect time to leave a furball.  Great.  Off to the sink to get some paper towels for clean up.  Luckily the cat got sick on the vinyl floor and not the living room rug.

I cleaned up the mess and decided I needed a cup of coffee.  As I am filling the cup with water for the coffee I notice that one of the plants on the window sill looks a bit droopy and could probably use a little drink.  As long as I was going to take care of this plant’s needs why not water the other plants as well?

I filled the watering can and took it into the living room so that I could water the plants in there.  Looking at those plants I saw that some of them needed a little TLC.  I put the watering can down and begin to pluck off dead leaves.

At that moment the phone rings.  It is a call I have been waiting for about a luncheon I am organizing for the retired teachers.  Phone call finished I put the phone down, get up and think, “Now, what was I going to do?”

At the end of the day no new recipe was tried, no cookies were made, no bills were paid, no new checks were put in the checkbook, I didn’t have my cup of coffee, and all the plants weren’t watered.

As I was going about my business I passed the bathroom several times so of course I needed to stop.

At the end of the day I am confused as to why nothing got done. I know I was busy all day because I am tired.

I need help for this condition.  I need to call my doctor and make an appointment so that I can discuss treatments.

But first, I only have 25 pages left in the book I am reading.


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19 responses to “AAADD

  1. Oh I can so relate! It feels like many of my days! I keep going back to my list of to do’s to find I did not do them but what did I do – I was busy all day!

  2. Yikes! You are busy – I hope you find a way to reign in the tangential movements or tasks. I find that just being more mindful about what I am doing and complete one thing at a time instead of being “pulled away.” I have even written myself a note – “Do not get pulled away” My problem was (and I say was because I worked on this) getting pulled away by others in need – my husband, my kids, a text, an email. At times during each day, they can all wait – for me – I try to not get pulled away or distracted when I want to finish the task at hand. Some days it works better than others. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Exactly!
    Spent all day ‘working” but few visible results.
    Such a great slice of reality! ❤

  4. Terje

    This was one busy day. I am not convinced it’s age related. My hubby calls it a professor mind.

  5. glenda funk

    I laughed all the way through this. I hope that’s okay. “The list I didn’t make” is so telling. The cat w/ the hairball also made me giggle. I keep thinking about how little I accomplish in retirement but how busy I am. I love the Rube Goldberg quality of this post and the subtle cause-effect nature of it. Really clever. Now I must research AADD. Is it really a thing?

    • Yes, according to what I read this really is a condition. Laughing if fine. I hoped people who read this would get a smile. Truthfully, nothing I wrote about really happened. I am usually pretty good about finishing what I start. I was just going for a little humor here.

  6. I am laughing and nodding! I get to the end of the weekend all the time and have the same thought! How is it nothing on my to-do list is finished when every minute was so busy?!

  7. I love this post. It so describes some of my days. Mine are especially sitting down at the computer to e-mail someone about something, but then I see all the e-mail I’ve received, and have to answer some of it, and then I read one of the articles attached to an e-mail, and then I get up from the computer wondering why I had come there at all. I consider myself lucky if I remember the original impulse.

  8. cmargocs

    This happens to me all the time, at work and at home! It’s like a never-ending to-do list that keeps tugging me in different directions. Sometimes it is overwhelming, and I can conquer it by falling asleep on the couch, TV blaring, book in my lap and catalogs spilling onto the floor.

  9. I am placing myself in the same category. While reading your post, I kept thinking this sounds like me so thanks for writing a humorous slide that makes me realize I really do need to write things down or keep saying it in my head.

  10. Sounds like my day with different distractions, ugh, I mean activities.

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