Posts Tagged 'ADHD'


Anyone who lives with someone with ADHD knows how important routines are. They are the difference between a smooth morning and one filled with screaming rage. And I’ve come to rely on routines to get my kid to do what needs to be done, even when he really, really doesn’t want to.

But this week, I’ve learned how important routines are to me, too.

School and my office have been closed for three days now–number four tomorrow–and our regular modes of travel have been cut off. What is usually a rocky, but basically efficient ballet of getting ready, getting where we need to be, getting home, getting things done has become a blob of unstructured time.

We’re getting up later, eating at odd times, not making plans. This has turned my mind to mush!

That saying–“If you want something done, give it to a busy person”–must be true. I’m less busy and suddenly I can’t get anything done! I have bits and pieces of work that flit in and out of my inbox but can’t really be finished until the office is back online. I have home projects that are taunting me. Everything feels out of sync with the usually solid reality of my to-do list.

Tonight, we trick or treated, and saw neighbors. Things seemed almost normal. Maybe that means routines (and my brain!) will be coming back soon.


Sleep Study

“’No one is saying A.D.H.D. does not exist, but there’s a strong feeling now that we need to rule out sleep issues first,’ said Dr. Merrill Wise, a pediatric neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at the Methodist Healthcare Sleep Disorders Center in Memphis.”

New York Times, Well blog, “Attention Problems May Be Sleep-Related,” April 16, 2012

In attempting to look at all angles of this ADHD thing, we finally signed up for the sleep study Charlie’s pulmonologist has been recommending for years. The results come in a few weeks.

I don’t know whether to hope they find something or not. If they do find a sleep disorder, he might have to undergo a tonsillectomy. That means general anesthesia and surgery, all for a treatment that isn’t guaranteed to help his sleep or reduce the severity of his ADHD symptoms.

If they don’t find anything, we have one less treatment to try.

I’m back, sort of

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had more blog ideas than I’ve known what to do with. The only trouble? They are not “publishing” or “writing” posts. They are posts about creativity, the brain, education reform and parenting an ADHD kid with a language-based learning disability.

These topics may not seem to have anything to do with writing or romance novels, which is what I wrote about before my hiatus, but they are tangentially related, at least in my mind. Did you know that language processing problems can mean problems retrieving the right word, relaying recent events or adding context to pictures or actions? These are the same skills writers use every day. I don’t think I realized just how essential storytelling is to daily life until I began to scratch the surface of my son’s language issues.

And did you know that your brain can be rewired, or hacked, to allow you to be more creative? And that reading about an experience can activate the brain in the same way as encountering that experience in real life? (When you read a book, your mind IS going to another place!)

So while I may be writing about books, reading and writing sometimes, this blog is now about a whole lot more. Fair warning.


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