July 15, 2010

Twitter Posting Roundup from @MungosADHD

Here is a roundup of my most recent Twitter posts from @MungosADHD:
  • I'm Not Hyper « Another Fine Mess ow.ly/2aomX
  • ADD/ADHD and Work Reputation: Correct Common Mistakes Made on the Job | Attention Deficit Disorder Information ow.ly/2aq1D
  • He Said / She Said: Examining the ADHD Life – The "Education" of an ADHDer (Part I) | Jeff's A.D.D. Mind ow.ly/2awKi
  • Mark your calendar - webinar coming up! #ADHD in the family, genetics, symptoms, parenting 6/28 htly/2axN4
  • Millions swear by fish oil pills - experts say they're a waste of money - so who's right?: bit.ly/bR2YQe
  • Reading: "Discovery Health "How ADHD Works""( twitthis.com/pbixmn )
  • One couple solves "the problem with no name" -- undiagnosed ADHD: tinyurl.com/22mm8s8
  • How is the Adult ADHD diagnosis made? tinyurl.com/2au9nox
  • Adults have #ADHD too. Read this from CHADD! bit.ly/33YCo
  • Yay! Dr. Charles Parker's new book on ADHD meds RULES! tinyurl.com/24mu7yq
  • Join "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?" on Facebook: tinyurl.com/28wugl7
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Myths and Realities huff.to/dzuqVQ
  • Clinical Psychology Students: Check out Time2Track. An amazing way of tracking your clinical hours. ow.ly/2bww0
  • TotallyADD.com: community members ask: How did you find the #adhd help you needed? Join the conversation here: htly/2bwWu
  • TotallyADD.com: A complete guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adulthood ow.ly/2bF04
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July 13, 2010

Twitter Posting Roundup from @MungosADHD

Here is a roundup of my most recent Twitter posts from @MungosADHD:

  • Virtual AD/HD Conference ow.ly/29Xxt
  • A Splintered Mind: A Wild Night ow.ly/29Xy0
  • ADHD Medication in the Summer? By Dr. Kenny Handelman ow.ly/29Xyl
  • 18 Channels - my ADHD colored life...: A small favor... ow.ly/29XyJ
  • ADHD Roller Coaster: "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?" · The Adult ADHD Diagnosis: How Is It Made? ow.ly/29XyT
  • Six Dangerous Myths About Anger and ADHD | ADHD and Marriage ow.ly/29XFO
  • ADD'ing it all up: The next stage of progression ow.ly/29doL
  • Phys Ed: Your Brain on Exercise - Well Blog - NYTimes.com ow.ly/28B9i
  • Basics - Nut? What Nut? The Squirrel Outwits to Survive - NYTimes.com ow.ly/28Bc5
  • Restless ADHD: 5? 4 Tips to Fight It! | ADDaboy! - HealthyPlace ow.ly/28KCo
  • Extinction Burst http://ow.ly/2aiNI
  • ADHD Roller Coaster: "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?" · Dr. Parker's New Book on "ADHD Rx Rules"! ow.ly/28SOP
  • NOTE: Video starts up immediately - adjust speakers. TotallyADD.com:Video - Your Personal Strengths - Dr. Umesh Jain ow.ly/28Tlx
  • NOTE: Video starts up immediately - adjust speakers. TotallyADD.com: Video - ADHD in adulthood Impulsivity vs Compulsivity ow.ly/28Tt2
  • ADD'ing it all up: Use caution when entering ow.ly/28Uri
  • TotallyADD.com: ADHD strategies, cause and effect, and exploding houses ADD ow.ly/290Q1
  • The Normal Experiment « Addled ow.ly/28q2Y
  • Being a teacher ow.ly/28q4c
  • How to Stop Compulsive Nail Biting ow.ly/28q4u
  • ADD'ing it all up: What I have to offer ow.ly/28q5v
  • Pinball Cognition: Little Blue Jars pt. 1 ow.ly/28q7M
  • Have You Chosen the Right People for Your Life? | ADHD In Focus ow.ly/28qbB

Cheers,

Mungo

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July 12, 2010

Sharing My Diagnosis with my Boss

I knew it had to come - the time when I'd be sharing my diagnosis with people outside of my immediate circle of family and friends.

On the weekend I mentioned it briefly to a friend of my brother at his wedding, it just seemed reasonable to mention it given the flow of the conversation, plus I was interested to know how someone I did not know would react. I also wanted to see how I would react afterward. The person looked at me a bit knowingly, then seemed at a loss for words, but luckily a distraction arose - a speech at the wedding. They seemed to make an effort to say something nice afterward so I take it I was not deemed completely insane. Plus they may have had some experience or knew about a friend with it - but I don't know.

And then today at my job, I had the first of several meetings that comprise my annual performance evaluation with my boss. In the discussion, I brought up my recent diagnosis during a specific conversation about some goals I had been trying to achieve last year (to which this performance evaluation would be directed). My boss nodded and said they knew all too well - they'd in fact been diagnosed themselves.

I had prepared well for the meeting, and described what efforts I will be making to further advance certain areas of my professional development. In thinking this out, and putting it to paper, I think I have a good road map (in development) of how I will improve my ability to deliver effectively at work in a consistent and timely way over the next few months.

I felt pretty calm about it during the rest of the meeting, and now I think this will help me in my job performance in the future. But now - an hour later - I am a large canvas sack full of varying emotions and flowing thoughts. I guess I feel mostly okay and optimistic about it, but wow. Whoa. This was a defining point in my post ADHD diagnosis life.

Damn, this stuff is HARD. But I'm getting through it, opportunity by opportunity, road block by road block, challenge by challenge and success by success.

I would be interested to hear in your comments what experiences you have had (or imagine that you will have) in telling or in not telling your boss or colleagues about your ADHD.

Cheers,

Mungo

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July 8, 2010

Tracking Progress on Strattera - Literature from Strattera.com

I received a pamphlet about Strattera when I got my diagnosis - it is literature provided from Strattera.com. It is a quick introduction to the medication, and is a worksheet so that one can track one's progress and symptom improvements / side-effects. Well, they focus more on symptom improvement.
"After you get to your target dose of Strattera, it's time to watch for gradual progress.

Here's what you can expect:
  • Some people notice small changes in as few as 2 weeks
  • By 4 to 6 weeks, you should see marked improvement in your ADHD symptoms. However, individual results may vary
Here are some of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptom improvements you might notice:
  • Becoming more focused and paying attention
  • Being less distracted when trying to concentrate
  • Listening more easily to what others are saying
  • Being better able to organize tasks and activities
  • Starting tasks or projects and completing them
  • Being less forgetful in daily activities
Ask for help

It's a good idea to ask 1 or 2 other people to help you notice improvements in your ADHD symptoms. They may notice changes that you are not even aware of."
The two big challenges I have now are being better able to organize tasks and activities, and starting tasks or projects and completing them.

Damned ADHD.

Cheers,

Mungo

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Mungo

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July 7, 2010

Fever and 40 Years with Me and my ADHD

Today was a write-off. I woke up, fed the little fella breakfast and played with toys until he went to daycare. Then I felt hot and began to perspire. I wrote an e-mail to tell work colleagues that I would be off sick. I lay down thinking I'd be up in an hour at most. I slept until 3:20 PM.

It is 8:00 PM and I'm still hot. I'm going to take an ibuprofen and drink lots of water. Unless my limbs catch fire, I will make it into work tomorrow. I have lots to do and recently I haven't been able to find enough hours in the day to do it all.

My Strattera is no longer causing me traffic jams in the nether regions, if you know what I mean. I've noticed my appetite is diminished, which doesn't worry me at all. I'm remembering things better and better these days, but clutter continues to follow me. My desk at work is clutter free, but at home, piles of stuff taunt me still. But I'm not too worried about it at the moment, because I have a strange subtle feeling that this too will pass - I get the sense I am going to start tidying a lot more. Strange but true.

I remain awfully fidgety. I shake my legs - shaking as I'm typing this. But my inner thoughts are calmer. I can complete articles and read books from beginning to end. Normally I lived with more than five and fewer than ten books going at once. Now it is down to 2 at most.

For meetings and social engagements I'm on time, in fact, I'm ahead of time 9 times out of 10. Planning is improving. My executive functions appear to be improving. Go, frontal lobes, go! While I still lose objects, this is happening less and less. I'm remembering where I placed things, which is pretty cool.

Inconsistency is a hallmark of ADHD, I think. Inconsistent attention: I can attend to things really well, and become an expert in a realm. But I can't always stay with a conversation. I can have a tidy office at work, and a messy room at home. I can be super optimistic and be encouraging with friends and family. But I can feel hopeless and discouraged about my own circumstances in private.

But knowing this, and learning where to spot the inconsistencies is part of the repair work that can be done. I'm 40 now, and have spent decades learning how to live with me and my ADHD. It will take time to learn new ways, but I think I'm well on my way.

Yours thoughtfully,

Mungo

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July 5, 2010

Symptom Relief is Beginning to Take Hold

A few things to report regarding my experience with Strattera. When someone asks me 'how is the Strattera working for you?', I'm a bit at a loss of how to respond. Any improvements that I perceive seem to be very subtle. That is, I don't really feel any sense of dramatic relief of symptoms of ADHD. By my reckoning and analysis, a complex mix of impulsivity and inconsistent attention seems to comprise my own manifestation of ADHD. But I am noticing myself doing a few things differently, and thinking somewhat differently - and the more I think about it, I guess things are beginning to happen:
  • I am more productive than I have been in a very long time. I am finding myself 'wanting' to do things, and as such my To Do list is getting shorter and shorter. When I find myself having a spare moment, I will wonder what I can do that would 'get things done'. I still have a LONG way to go, but this is progress for me. It might be a combination of the effects of Strattera, along with knowing about my diagnosis, and subsequently being more aware of my tendencies... but no matter. I am noticing changes.
  • I am noticing when I am Productive WithOut Priority (PWOP) more quickly when I am engaged in some time-wasting or low-priority task when I am supposed to be engaged in a higher priority task. I put the emphasis on the word 'when' because I want to clarify that it is okay to engage in low-priority tasks, but not when higher-priority tasks need to be done at that point in time. For me anyway, because of my strong tendencies to get lost in low priority minutea - call it inappropriate perseveration, call it what you will.
  • I seem to be becoming aware 'left of boom' of impulsive feelings. That is, I become aware of something I am about to say or do in a social situation, and note quickly to myself that it is an impulsive, and probably inappropriate thing to do or say - and stop myself before doing it. I can only imagine how many times I've not been aware of my ADHD behaviours being impulsive throughout my adult life (not to mention my childhood). To become aware of the impulse before acting upon it is an amazing feeling. Try it. You'll love it. I notice it when I'm driving and want to honk at another car for not signaling or for cutting me off or for driving too slowly for my taste. I notice it when I am somewhere and I want to stare at someone because they're doing something that I feel is 'wrong'. I notice it when I want to add to a conversation or in a meeting that doesn't fit with the program.
  • I am drifting or zoning-out less and less in meetings and during social interactions.
  • Finally, I can't stand to take the Ativan I had originally been prescribed for anxiety, as it makes me now feel spacey and out to lunch. I want to be 'sober' and aware of my surroundings, and this stuff - even if I take 1mg a day - prevents me from being anchored in my reality. I have Clonazapam, which is a much more subtle, and gentle anxiolitic. I'm going days when I don't even take a single 0.5 mg tablet of that. I understand that Strattera can help manage anxiety. I don't know how it does that. Perhaps by regulating the norepinephrine pathways better or even by relieving the symptoms that in themselves are anxiety producing, such as forgetting things, spacing out, or dealing with the shame and embarrassment of the consequences and feelings of impulsivity and more. I feel calmer and more focused than I have a long while. Less prone to panic and anxiety attacks.

Cheers,

Mungo

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July 2, 2010

Relaxing - Taking the Dog for an Early Evening Walk

I took Monty the dog out for an early evening walk earlier this week - he had a great old time. We wandered slowly about the park, watching swallows swoop and swirl in the bright descending sunlight.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
The low sun gave some interesting lighting effects on the most mundane of subjects, like these grass blades.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
The sun was sinking in the sky, but was still almost too bright to look towards it.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
Monty enjoyed himself very much - the weather was cooling down, and he ambled about in the grass, sniffing everything he could.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
I was able to catch a swallow in flight by following it with my lens. Not very clear, but I think it gave a neat effect...

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
A pair of swallows taking a break from flying close to the ground, feeding on insects.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
A swallow taking a break from flying close to the ground, feeding on insects.

An Early Evening Dog Walk in the Park
A park bench sitting idly at the side of the field.

Hope you had a nice day too,

Mungo

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Twitter Posting Roundup from @MungosADHD

Here is a roundup of my most recent Twitter posts from @MungosADHD.com:

  • Comorbidity is a Big Word: Hang in There | ADDaboy! - HealthyPlace ow.ly/23Emp
  • #ADHD New Blog Post: I Will Catch Up With Strattera Updates - Nature in the Meantime ow.ly/17THOL
  • 7 Common Flashpoints for Spouses of ADDers ow.ly/23Ig4
  • ADD'ing it all up: selective integration. ow.ly/23eV3
  • ADHD Roller Coaster: "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?&quo t; · "Everything You Want Releases Dopamine…" ow.ly/23eX9
  • TotallyADD.com: What to say when someone dismisses your ADHD ow.ly/23us9
  • What meds do and don't do... - ADDer World Anything and Everything ADHD ow.ly/230FQ
  • It's my 40th birthday! Yayyy!!!
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Life is difficult for the organizationally impaired!
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Tip: Schedule phone call return times in daily work calendar.
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Use PERT analysis (Google it) to help get a sense of how long a scary project / task will take.
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com PERT method: make Optimistic estimate, Pessimistic & Likely. Then do (O + (4*L) + P)/6 = reliable estimate.
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Memory problems aren't unique to ADHDers but are compounded by the associated deficits.
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Carry a notepad & pen to help you to remember & prioritize tasks. Keep a seperate section just for notes.
  • Flooded With Thoughts | Jeff's A.D.D. Mind - ow.ly/23SqE
  • #ADHD New Blog Post: Day 19 to Day 25 - Upped my Strattera Dosage, and the Difference Between PWOP and PWIP ow.ly/17UosY
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Aim for PWIP (Productivity WIth Priority) rather the trap of #ADHD PWOP (Productivity WithOut Priority)!
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com I wish I had known about this 30 years ago, that I have ADHD. Ah well, new meaning can flow retroactively.
  • #ADHD MungosADHD.com Hypothesis: Camping eases ADHD symptoms. Mine, anyway: MungoSaysBah.com is my camping blog...
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Mental Illness on Rise? - TIME ow.ly/24ul1
  • Redefining Crazy: Researchers Revise the 'DSM' - TIME ow.ly/24urK
  • #ADHD New Blog Post: Day 27 on Strattera - People Sure Are Forgetful & Meaning Flowing Retroactively & a PWIP Tattoo ow.ly/17VFXL
  • ADHD Roller Coaster: "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?" · School Daze, School Daze, Report Cards and All ow.ly/250Nn

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 29, 2010

People Sure Are Forgetful & Meaning Flowing Retroactively & a PWIP Tattoo

I was just perusing the TotallyADD.com forums (I get notifications of new posting via my Google Reader, so I'm just seeing the latest... I'm not just sitting around wasting time, honestly!), and came across this thread about being diagnosed in one's adult life with ADHD.

I chimed in with the following:
"I've just turned 40, and was just diagnosed myself. After a few weeks on Strattera, I actually caught myself thinking yesterday "Boy, that person sure is forgetful...". Oh the delicious irony of it all.

Irvin Yalom
wrote in "Love's Executioner" about the idea of 'meaning flowing retroactively', in explaining why he enjoys working with adults and the elderly and helping them reach a new meaning in their lives - in part because he believes that it is never too late to reach a new understanding of one's life. In reaching a new understanding, the new meaning can act as a new lens or 'organizing process' to someone's past, flowing back in time and re-organizing or re-interpreting the past in a more fair and dispassionate way.

This is certainly the case for me. I consider that my diagnosis has provided me with a clarifying narrative, one that helps explain all those problems and struggles and shame filled moments and difficulties throughout my life. It in some ways acts as a salve on the pain.

I was always a late bloomer, but better now than never!

Mungo"
Today I took my Strattera in the morning, after the toddler's breakfast. I am feeling a bit dizzy, like I have spun around a few too many times on my chair, but I am not feeling messed up. That is, I feel the somatic symptoms of dizziness, but not cognitive effects of wooziness. This is a big deal, I think my body is beginning to adjust to this dosage. Excellent.

Yesterday I felt jubilant with my newly trademarked acronyms PWOP and PWIP. I have the week off on vacation (except for Friday) and was doing some house chores. One of them involved lifting a 200 lb + treadmill up the basement stairs. I had to remove the banister to do this. I couldn't drag it, so I had to use my shoulder muscles and arms to literally hoist the beast up the stairs. It was hard work. Not so much because of the weight (I am as strong as an ox) but because the awkward angles I had to negotiate, and the acrobatic positions I had to place myself in to fight gravity to wrestle the accursed mass up the stairs.

I had a few other things to complete on my 'to-do list'. From time to time during the afternoon, I would also start tidying other things, and one thing would seem to lead to another. But very quickly, my brain reminded me of the critical difference between being Productive WithOut Priority (PWOP), which this 'other things' stuff clearly was becoming, and being Productive WIth Priority (PWIP) - so I'd get back on track quickly. Perhaps I should tattoo 'PWIP' on my arm. Or even on my knuckles. That would be cool. Or on my neck. That would look wicked.

Today we're off to see a movie and have a yogurt drink or icy drink somewhere, to combat this oppressive humidity and heat. I prefer it when it rains or when it is cool.

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 27, 2010

Upped my Strattera Dosage, and the Difference Between PWOP and PWIP

Well, I had thought I would be writing a post every single day of my Strattera medication regime - and that was good at the beginning, when things changed quickly, but maybe I need to review my requirements: I need a blog post for every significant milestone or happening during my Strattera dosage regime.

So - I went to my family physician on the 18th day, and this time he appeared as though he had read my file, and immediately asked me how I was doing, what sort of side-effects I was experiencing etc... He suggested a couple of things to do (re: dry mouth and re: the Con, Stip, and Ation - drink water, eat fiber, respectively). Then he upped my dose to 20 mg. I told him I get a little dozy too and he said I should consider taking it at night.

Anyway, 10 minutes later, I was out the door with an updated prescription. Basically, I'll take two 10mg capsules of Strattera daily for 4 weeks, and return for the next titration step ('uppification' of the dose).

When I filled the prescription, the pharmacist and I chatted a little. I came to the conclusion, with all the information I'd obtained from my doctor, the pharmacist, and all the reading I have done that I'm going to take it in the morning instead. That way, I'll be a) very regular in my timing, because my morning schedule is very regimented, as opposed to my evening routine, and b) I can take my SSRI and Strattera all at once, and it will be easier to remember to take it. I use a pill container marked daily for 7 days. It is very useful. I normally forget when I take pills, and that's a BAD thing. A memory aid like a labeled container helps, and costs about $3.00.

The first 2 days that I did this, I was seriously dizzy and woozy for a few hours. I had to nap. I kept having to shake my head to stay awake and get my bearings. Years ago I gave my dog a saucer full of beer, because he kept whining and demanding some (yes, that's logical). Within a minute, he'd sat down, and starting shaking his head back and forth. I now know how he felt. Note: my beagle does not have a drinking problem.

But that's since vanished. Today I felt fine. My body has adjusted. No significant changes in positive effects, other than a sense of productivity and increased sense of chronology - a more expansive sense of timing about my day, and hence a sense of improved memory and planning capabilities.

I am still prone to doing-the-next-thing-regardless-of-priority-itis, for example yesterday I went up onto the roof to caulk the brick in the chimney. Then I noticed the gutters were full of leaves, so I emptied them. Then I cleaned out the garage. Then I used my new blower (it is my birthday today!) and blew out the garage, and the yard, and the driveway. And then I broke down some large cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling bin. Then I organized my tools in the garage. Then I sat and looked at the lawn. Then I sprayed weed killer on my driveway. Then I cleaned up the garage a bit. Then I cleaned out my car. Then I went back inside, having accomplished my initial task which was caulking the roof. But at least it was the weekend, and I didn't have hugely pressing items to do. And at least I was actually productive. But the problem, as you might imagine, is that I was being Productive WithOut Priority (PWOP - I shall register this as a trademark). PWOP is funny, and alluring. PWOP tricks you into thinking you're doing something normal and good. I mean, if I were slashing tires, robbing banks and pickpocketing tourists, that would be bad, but what is wrong with cleaning out the gutters and preparing the recycling? Well, the only thing is the timing. There are higher priority items I could have been doing with my time.

Gotta remember that. PWOP is an easy trap to fall into when you are afflicted with nasty ADHD. I need to remember to be PWIP (Productive WIth Priority), and not PWOP.

On that note, have a wonderfully PWIPpy evening- I shall try to do the same.

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 26, 2010

I Will Catch Up With Strattera Updates - Nature in the Meantime

I will catch up with my Strattera progress updates, suffice to say, I have had my dose upped, and it makes me feel quite woozy... but it is going well.

In the meantime, please see some more of my nature adventures!


Last week I made a quick drive at lunch time to Whitchurch Conservation Park to take a few photos.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
I was trying to find out what kind of bird this one was, and I came across this amazing resource online, a listing of all Ontario birds, along with small thumbnails of each one. This is an Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea). It often migrates by night, using the stars to navigate. Read more about Indigo Buntings on Wikipedia.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Butterfly with an eye on its wing.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Honey bee feasting on nectar from the flower pod on top of a second year growth of the biennial Mullein plant. Biennial plants will form the rosette flower the first year, and the stem emerges on the second year. With Mullein, you can eat the root in the first year, but it loses starches and gets quite fibrous in the second year.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Lily pads in the pond scattered across the surface.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
It appears that the tadpoles from my last visit have turned into little green frogs. This fellow and all of his friends were no more than an inch long. Bait sized...

Whitchurch Conservation Park
The pond is quite shallow and the bottom is densely covered in weeds - perfect hiding places for small fishies and beasties. As I watched the banks, I was half-hoping to see a bear or some deer arrive for a drink or a swim about. Then I thought about what might happen if I saw a black bear. I figured I'd switch my camera onto the movie mode, and take some nice images of the bear, and then quickly recite my last will and testament. I know - that's dramatic. I know - just stand up, appear as a biped, shout, don't stare in its eyes, look 'in charge' and if push comes to shove, use my knife and fight for my life. Karate, or plain knuckle punching, eye-gouging, stab fighting. I have watched a few videos on Philipino knife fighting techniques. I hope they work on bears who try to eat me.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
One of many fish filling the pond - this one was bigger than most, but still only about 2 inches long. I'm hoping someone can help me identify this little fellow.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Grassy verge overlooking the pond, just outside of the woods. No-one was there. I fell asleep for an hour under my blanket.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Dragonfly eating from the tiny white flowers of a Narrow Leaf Plantain.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
The same Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) kept hopping from branch to branch, apparently trying to impress a female Indigo Bunting with brown plumage. He sure had it going on.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Mayweed, or Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) flowers covered the clearing by the pond.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Clouds in the sky

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Bright yellow flowers, identification pending, in amongst white Mayweed, or Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) flowers.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Dragonfly sitting on the stalk of a Narrow Leaf Plantain

Whitchurch Conservation Park
White flowered Yarrow.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Horse Tail.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Wild Mint.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Some kind of moth having some nectar from a Mayweed, or Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) flower.

Whitchurch Conservation Park
Some kind of moth climbing about on a plant.

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 24, 2010

Daily Twitter Posting Roundup from @MungosADHD

Here is a roundup of my most recent Twitter posts from @MungosADHD.com:
  • Study shows no growth stunting in ADHD medicated children. | ADDventures Of Motherhood ow.ly/21htI
  • A Depressing Spiral Back to Normal « Addled ow.ly/21hvg
  • ADD'ing it all up: Well, is it real or isn't it? ow.ly/21hws
  • #ADHD New Blog Post: Day 18 on Strattera - To The Doctor's for a Followup and Titration Up of Strattera - Side Effec... ow.ly/17Pjx4
  • RT @EdgeFdn: Hat tip to @petequily who pointed me in the direction for research on ADHD & gambling bit.ly/aoAePG
  • Challenges of Having Adult Attention Deficit Disorder ow.ly/21uyw
  • ADHD Roller Coaster: "Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?" · Where to Purchase "You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? ow.ly/21v2p
  • My Inattentive Life: Ritalin--One Week, and I feel AWESOME. ow.ly/21YZw
  • ADD'ing it all up: bonus - ow.ly/22uIT
  • ADD'ing it all up: for my wife - ow.ly/22uJ8
  • William Glasser and Positive Addiction Theory | ADHD In Focus ow.ly/22uJY
  • ADD'ing it all up: rendered - ow.ly/22uKm

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 21, 2010

To The Doctor's for a Followup and Titration Up of Strattera - Side Effect and Positive Effect Review

This afternoon I have my next appointment with my family physician, a follow up to my initial prescription of Strattera at the starting dose of 10mg daily.

I hope it goes well. And by well, I hope he increases my dose and carefully listens to my feedback and observations. I will keep them short, as follows:

My side-effects with Strattera have been tolerable. Dry mouth, which I have remedied with sipping on water. Brilliant, eh? And constipation, which I remedied with Metamucil (non-soluble fiber), and finally with Lactalose, a synthetically combined galactose-sucrose sugar in a syrupy form which acts as a laxative. I used that once and it worked well. I'm now back and regular and my insides are operating smoothly. You may now all cheer in unison.

Go ahead.

Please, cheer - I'll wait for a minute.

Okay, thanks - that was great!

My positive effects in the short time I've been taking it - as far as I can deduce - have been subtle and mild: working memory improvements (staying on task, returning to task, less forgetting and misplacing), I am calmer around people - but this might be the clonazepam or maybe less anxiety because I am not forgetting stuff and misplacing stuff and able to get things done and am not anticipating bad outcomes from it all). Also, I think I have been more productive (appropriately so) and less perseverative and hyperfocused on inappropriate tasks - i.e. better sense of priorities.

He'll either understand or he won't. Hope he does.

Cheers,

Mungo

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  • ADD'ing it all up: Forget the eraser, try the edit key. ow.ly/20nbZ
  • When Your Mind Wanders, Your Eyes Blink ow.ly/20Wo1
  • This Is Your Brain On Zen - Experienced Meditators Recover More Quickly ow.ly/20Woc

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Mungo

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June 20, 2010

Doctor's Apppointment, but First: BBQ Pool Party

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment - a follow up to when he gave me the prescription for Strattera. Today was a nice day, relaxing and tiring at the same time. My wife and little boy and I went to a friend's house where we swam in their pool and had a BBQ for lunch. Little James floated about in an inflatable pool toy with a nonplussed expression on his face. He didn't seem too impressed. He preferred playing on the grass, picking up leaves and sticks.

I am aware that I can be impulsive in conversations, but I think I was appropriately witty and appropriately rude at the appropriate times. They did seem to laugh at my dry witticisms, and didn't look nervous at all.

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 19, 2010

Birthday Party Time! Strattera Effects

This Saturday my wife held a birthday party for me (which is on the 27th of this month, but we planned ahead) for my 40th birthday. It was great. Family and friends came over and we all chatted and ate food that my wife had arranged to be catered. It was a wonderful party, and our little boy seemed to enjoy all the people being around.

I received some wonderful and very unexpected gifts, and this made me feel like a very lucky guy. The best part of all was being with people I love and admire and care about.

It was nice being around everyone feeling like I could follow conversations for a long time - I really am getting some positive effects from the Strattera - being able to attend for a longer time to conversations in group situations.

At the end, I put away beer bottles and tidied up wine glasses. Now we have bottles of wine and a couple cases of beer sitting around. My wife never drank, and since last November, I don't drink. So now I'm not sure what to do with the booze. Bigger problems have come along in my lifetime, so I'm sure we'll figure something out. Probably have people over and force them to drink or bring it as presents. Maybe I'll give some to my neighbour.

Cheers,

Mungo

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June 18, 2010

Day 15 on Strattera - A Busy Friday - Muchly Organized

This will be short. I had a busy Friday at work. I had been reading about Pattern Planning and so I made a few more recurring appointments in my work calendar to standardize typical tasks I need to do. I also created a work book specifically for my one-on-ones with my group so that it was broken out into 19 sections - one for each report. That way I can keep my notes organized.

I also created a couple of templates for various repetitive meetings which I hold, so that I will be consistent from meeting to meeting with the questions I ask, and with the feedback I expect to hear.

Because ADHD effects one's sense of timing, and ability to organize and plan ahead, by implementing this sort of proactive creation of patterns, I am using external methods to organize my internal life.

Cheers,

Mungo

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  • PBS - frontline: medicating kids: adhd: the evolution of a disorder ow.ly/1ZUb2
  • PBS - frontline: medicating kids: adhd: what happens to adhd kids? ow.ly/1ZUdm
  • Development and Neurobiology: Norepinephrine Has a Critical Modulatory Influence on Prefrontal Cortical Function ow.ly/1ZUed
  • Social Skills in Adults with AD/HD (WWK15) ow.ly/1ZUgC
  • Interacting with Others: Tips for Adults with AD/HD (WWK 15 short version) ow.ly/1ZUh6
  • Marriage and Partnerships ow.ly/1ZUib
  • What's it like to have AD/HD? ow.ly/1ZUlA
  • Articles on ADD and/or Addictions ow.ly/1ZUuD
  • The Health and Wellness Series = Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.com ow.ly/1ZUuZ
  • Not Just For Kids Anymore ow.ly/1ZUvC
  • Myths About ADD/ADHD ow.ly/1ZUvS
  • AD/HD and Stimulant Medication Abuse ow.ly/1ZUwS
  • ADHD Articles and News - Hypersensitivity ow.ly/1ZUyo
  • ADHD Articles and News - Alcohol and other addictions ow.ly/1ZUyJ
  • ADHD Articles and News - Eating disorders, self-medicating with food ow.ly/1ZUyW
  • Eight Ways to Handle Impulsivity ow.ly/1ZUzj
  • AD/HD Co-Morbidity ow.ly/1ZUzz
  • Why Is It So Hard To Let Go Of All That Stuff? ow.ly/1ZUzQ
  • Using a Day Planner as a Life Planner ow.ly/1ZUA8
  • Gee Whiz, I Missed It Again ow.ly/1ZUAn
  • Transition Tips ow.ly/1ZUAN
  • Honey, I Burned The Cake...Again: Profile of an Inattentive ADD Woman ow.ly/1ZUBd
  • ADHD and Relationships: Communication is the Key / The A.D.D. Center ow.ly/1ZUC9
  • How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships: Strategies for Coping ow.ly/1ZUCQ
  • Solutions for Intimacy Problems for Adults with ADHD ow.ly/1ZUDc
  • ADD/ADHD Information Sheets - How a Partner's Untreated Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) Affects Relationships ow.ly/1ZUDS
  • Marriage and AD/HD: A Couple's Survival Guide (PDF Document) ow.ly/1ZUEQ
  • Ways In Which ADD Undermines Relationships (PDF Document) ow.ly/1ZUG1
  • Brain Imaging Data of ADHD - Psychiatric Times ow.ly/1ZUHR
  • Brain Scans Reveal Physiology of ADHD — Psychiatric News ow.ly/1ZUIw
  • Adult ADHD - Google Scholar Search ow.ly/1ZV4W
  • So I Married an ADDer: For Partners of People with AD/HD: WTF Are You Talking About? ow.ly/204Sx
  • ADD'ing it all up: so what? ow.ly/204SQ
  • Time for something different « Addled ow.ly/204T8
  • Coach Nancy: Getting There from Here: Easing Transitions with ADHD ow.ly/204TW

Cheers,

Mungo

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