So many people joke about having ADHD, but I have an official diagnosis now. Here is a sample of two consecutive days my life. A bit of background is required here. As you may have noticed in my previous post, I applied to the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure program. Much to my surprise, they accepted me. Graciously. Classes began June 5 and it is pretty intensely compact. I was diligently working on Thursday because I promised myself I would not be THAT student. You know, the one that always turns assignments in just in the nick of time. The old me.
On Friday I wrote the following email to my RAPIL cohort (that is what our group is called):
[I started off with a compliment about one of our classmates. Not relevant here.]
Here is another little nugget for your enjoyment. You may recall that yesterday I emailed you guys to ask about that CCC#1 review guide. Well, in true Burkle fashion, I neglected to check your replies. I spent a good number of hours writing responses to each one of those. And there are a TON. With two remaining, I checked back in to my email and saw a barrage of wonderful responses from you all that would have set me straight and saved me lots of time. Last night I completed the ACTUAL assignment. It was a full RAPIL day for me.
Having said that, I can tell you that I know the first section very, very thoroughly.
As the day started on Friday, I was so looking forward to seeing my psychiatrist for follow-up. I was very proud of myself two days ago when I received the reminder phone call. “Ha!” I thought, “I am already on top of it. It’s written on my calendar.” I was going to get to talk all about my favorite topic…ME… and let him know how I probably need a slight increase in my dosage of ADD meds, particularly in light of my day on Thursday. I spent all morning writing an absolutely fabulous linkedin profile summary about ME. I even made myself laugh out loud.
Next I went to a spin class with my daughter at noon. On the way, I texted my son, “Where are you?” After class I texted him again, “????” He replied, “I’m at work.” Oh, yeah. He told me last night that he was working today. I forgot. While at the gas station filling my daughter’s tank, I bought a couple of songs from iTunes that I heard on the radio and I checked my emails. Oops. Overdraft notice from my bank. I bounced a check to my son’s basketball camp that I signed him up for AFTER the deadline. Shit. I stopped at the bank to transfer money and then emailed the camp director to let him know I bounced the check but that the money is in my account now.
Now I’m starving because I hadn’t eaten all day. Because I forgot. But I am also thinking I need to pick up my kids from their dad’s house soon. I called to tell them I would be there in twenty minutes. I stopped at the Arby’s drive-thru (I hate fast food) and grabbed a sandwich. While paying for my food, the cute guy taking my money was giving me the stare down and I could tell he thinks I’m attractive. I am seriously questioning his judgment because I recently left the gym and I hadn’t showered in two days. As I pulled away with my food, I saw him in my rearview mirror hanging out the drive-thru window watching me and waving. No joke. That gave me a little smile and I continued on my way.
I was headed to get the kids and I glanced at the clock in my car. 1:43. My appointment with my doctor was scheduled for 1:30!!!! I made a quick u-turn, called the kids to say I won’t come until later, and then called the doctor’s office to tell them I had inadvertently missed my appointment. The receptionist told me if I can make it in four minutes, my doctor will still see me. No way. But I headed there, anyway, to reschedule and leave him the following note:
Dr. H************ (he has a very long name),
My failure to show up for my appointment today says it all. I was so looking forward to speaking with you and I had it written on my calendar. However, I got distracted and forgot. I clearly need an increased dose of my medication. I apologize for the inconvenience. I have rescheduled for July 29 (first available) [47 DAYS FROM NOW!!!] and I am on the cancellation list.
Respectfully and apologetically,
Now if all of that doesn’t make your head spin, I’m not sure what would. And I can assure you that not one bit of that was embellished at all.