[Sca-cooks] candy and hostages

Sue Clemenger mooncat at in-tch.com
Sun Aug 6 12:30:28 PDT 2006

I have the same sort of issues in filtering out (audio) information at work.
The constant hum of voices, conversations, phones, etc. can drive me
completely to distraction, so much of the time, I've got headphones and
music on.  I can focus with just the music (listening to Vivaldi's violin
concerti recently), but not with conversations et al.  Since I'm uniquely
loud-voiced, myself, it does tend to get me a snicker or
"whatever/glare/shrug" if I ask people to take it down a decibel or two, but
I'm truly not being two-faced about it.  A work friend calls it "distraction
factor," and oh man, when you're doing the sort of mind-numbing tweaking of
maps that we have to do sometimes, it's a real issue.
I am not diagnosed with any sort of disorder other than an obvious eating
disorder, but I am messy, easily distracted, prone to take on one project
after another, and have absolutely NO sense of time.  My mom used to say you
could look at any classroom in school, and immediately know which desk was
mine because of the magpie nest messiness of it.  Similar to my father and
both grandfathers, but not my maternal parent or grandmothers at all, but
then, I've only got Grandma Lauder's build and coloring, and everything else
(personality, talents, etc.) are all from the male line, near as I can tell.
I cope with it by making extensive use of FlyLady, who's a huge believer in
set routines.  I have them all written down in a Control Journal, and I can
scan right down my checklists to see what I've managed to forget.  I've also
learned to break more complex tasks down into 15 minute chunks.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dianne & Greg Stucki" <goofy1 at suscom.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] candy and hostages

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lisa" <silvina at allegiance.tv>
> To: <grizly at mindspring.com>; "Cooks within the SCA"
> <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 12:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] candy and hostages
> > I've been watching this thread but not commenting.  As an individual
> > a
> > mundane master's degree in counseling and having worked with ADHD kids
> > the past, as well as being the mother of a mildly ADHD child, I have to
> > say
> > that ADHD is one of the most misdiagnosed problems that I've seen.  Many
> > children who are diagnosed with ADHD are just active, energetic "normal"
> > children who have been given the diagnosis because a teacher, parent, or
> > someone with authority has pushed it.
> My sisters and I were not diagnosed until adulthood. When we were little,
> kids acted up, the mother needed counseling. I actually had, believe it or
> not, a very content childhood, except for being scatter brained and messy.
> My nephew was the first member of the family who received an actual
> diagnosis.
> It took me fourteen YEARS of telling people my oldest son had problems
> before any did anything other than pat me on the head and tell me I just
> didn't know how to handle a difficult child. My son Steven used to be up
> till midnight, and then up again at three a.m., EVERY day. Yes, it is
> misdiagnosed to some degree, but maybe, just maybe, we are also learning
> recognize problems and treat them before they become a problem.
> My ADD is so severe that I cannot follow an audio book (though I can read
> anything, and am a natural speed reader) and it actually prevents me from
> driving because I have basically no information filter. Everything gets
> processed at the same priority level, which is a real problem when there's
> trucks on every side of you...
> Laurensa

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