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.