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    PatS
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    OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    My five-year-old son is mildly autistic. He\'s a sweet kid, very high-functioning, quite athletic (he\'s a budding gymnast), and can even read at the 3rd-grade level (he\'s \"hyperlexic\"). My studious wife has joined numerous autism-related discussion lists to gather as much information and advice as possible. Recently, someone sent the following message to one of those groups. Enjoy!

    Pat

    ***

    A. A. A. D. D.
    ===============

    Do you have A. A. A. D. D.?

    I have recently been diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. (Advanced Absentminded Attention Deficit Disorder)

    This is how it goes:

    I decide to wash the car; I start toward the garage and notice the mail on the table.

    OK, I\'m going to wash the car, but first I\'m going to go through the mail.

    I lay the car keys down on the desk, discard the junk mail, and notice the trashcan is full.

    OK, I\'ll just put the bills on my desk and take the trashcan out, but since I\'m going to be near the mailbox anyway, I\'ll pay these few bills first.

    Now, where is my checkbook?

    Oops, there\'s only one check left.

    My extra checks are in my desk.

    Oh, there\'s the coke I was drinking.

    I\'m going to look for those checks.

    But first I have to put my coke further away from the computer, or maybe I\'ll pop it into the fridge to keep it cold for awhile.

    I head towards the kitchen and my flowers catch my eye; they need some water.

    I set the coke on the counter, and uh oh. There are my glasses. I was looking for them all morning.

    I\'d better put them away first.

    I fill a container with water and head for the flower pots.

    Uh oh.....someone left the TV remote in the kitchen.

    We\'ll never think to look in the kitchen tonight when we want to watch television, so I\'d better put it back in the family room where it belongs.

    I splash some water into the pots and onto the floor, I throw the remote onto a soft cushion on the sofa and I head back down the hall trying to figure out what it was I was going to do?

    End of the Day: The car isn\'t washed, the bills are unpaid, the coke is sitting on the kitchen counter, the flowers are half-watered, the checkbook still only has one check in it, and I can\'t seem to find my car keys.

    When I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I\'m baffled because I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY LONG!!!!!

    I realize this is a serious condition and I\'ll get help, but first I think I\'ll check my email................

    Please send this to everyone you know because I DON\'T REMEMBER TO WHOM I\'VE SENT THIS!!!!!!

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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    Hi Pat,

    That is SOOOOO true. Unfortunately, for me that is not \"one of those days\", but rather a sad routine. My days fly by just transitioning towards doing different things that I never finish. It is like a curse. My grandpa told me once when I was about the same age as your son that I shouldn\'t try to do so many things, but just try to do a few and follow through with them. He was right. I\'m almost 30 and still in college [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    By the way, congratulations to you and your wife for having such a nice kid. Thanks for sharing your joy [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Take care,

    Ruben

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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    That\'s wonderful Pat. But, of course, this is why we have wives. Never let my wife see that post, because it describes me too accurately.

    Another thing I\'d add is when my wife is giving me my weekend \'instructions\' and I\'m nodding away - completely oblivious to anything being said (\"Told you!\" They cry.) - and by the time she leaves the house I\'ve worked out why, when I tried to assign velocity to my footpedal, I managed to assign sustain instead, and that if I tape all three football matches but watch the second first then the third then the first, I can avoid finding out the scores (because they don\'t show them in sequence). Then I realize that she\'s gone and my little boy is tugging at my trousers, and I know for a fact that there was something really important I was supposed to do.

    Luckily, I can usually \'run the tape back\' in my head (with a cramp in my stomach) and come upon the vital info (until I get to the right part of the tape, I live in fear that I\'ll miss something important - to her).

    This all works fine, of course, until the times when it all happens, she doesn\'t leave the house, I\'m standing in front of her and she\'s saying \"What did I just say?\"

    My tape doesn\'t go quick enough. Maybe I should go digital?

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    PatS
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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    Yeah, I\'ve considered a \"Personal Hard Disk Recorder,\" but I fear I\'d hit the Delete button. Then where would I be? Fortunately, my almost-9-year-old daughter never misses a word that mom utters (an often regrettable feature) or a beat when it\'s time to remind \"Daduh\" what he\'s supposed to do next. Our 22-month-old, on the other hand, is no help at all, except when he feels compelled to aggravate my already sore back; he loves to play \"Eee Aah\" on my back whenever I fall face first to the floor.

    What was the question? Oh, look! My cell phone. Ooooh! Pretty buttons! (\"Silly Buttons!\" said Mindy of Animaniacs.)

    \"Okay lady, I love you, bye bye!\"

    Pat

    P.S. Ruben: Thanks for your kind words. I was still in grad school at 30, so trust me when I say you can pretty much kiss your life goodbye. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Seriously, enjoy this time, and don\'t listen to your relatives . . . unless they\'re paying your tuition.

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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    Pat,

    Thanks, nice to know I\'m not the only one.
    The sad thing is (plays overdramatic violin music to make the patrons sympathetic): I got 3 years of Industrial Engineering School. Stop. Met wife, come to U.S.A. Work [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] as web designer. Stop. Started in January a Computer Science degree at Cal State. What\'s next? Tune in for the next episode, folks... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Ruben

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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    Funny. Reminds me of some of my favorite sayings:

    \"It\'s not that men forget, it just that women never forget.\"

    And unrelated:
    *frustrated-angry-male*
    \"Men don\'t use to get what they want! IS what they want!!\"

    (Is it just me, or is the caps-lock key the most useless and frustrating key on the keyboard?)

    I was thinking of starting a thread: \"Stupid things I do in the Studio.\" Like...

    \"Why the %$#*@ are all the midi notes sticking!!! This worthles pile of gear! I... ooh... oops..had my foot on the sustain pedal...\"

    Stream of thought...sorry.

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    Re: OT: Do you ever have one of these days?

    I loved reading all these posts. Thanks! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    If there is time in your schedules, i found meditation to help a lot. The particular technique I do is vipassana

    www.dhamma.org

    They have 10-day courses that are really helpful. Like anything, with some effort and consistent practice the wild mind can calm down. It\'s just a habit pattern of the wild mind to keep swinging from branch to branch.
    All habits can be broken over time with effort.

    Thank goodness for the law of cause and effect [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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