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ADD, absent-mindedness, or what?
scholar - 4-6-2017 at 20:21

I have caused myself some problems forgetting to do things.

For example, I sometimes set aside materials from work which were going to be thrown away, so that I can take them home and use them.

On Friday, I was on my way home when I remembered that I had not retrieved the materials from the trash room. So, I turned around, drove back, went back into the plant, and went through the necessary procedures to go out onto the production floor. I got the items from the trash room, and set them outside the back door (near Maintenance).

As I was driving home, I realized I had not taken the car to the back door to load the items. So, once again, I drove back.


It could be that my ADD symptoms have gotten worse, that the meds have become less effective.

Or, it could be another medical problem with the same forgetfulness symptom.

If a medical problem, it could be transitory (such as, from stress, or from tiredness). Or, it could be a long-term problem.

I will mention--I had chest pains last week-end, and a nurse from one of my congregations said she thought it was probably stress-related. Ruby said they seemed just like the pleurisy she'd had. I initially thought they were sore muscles. The pains have gone away, which I would expect to happen if I were less sore from work. But, stress pains could fade like that, too.

Stress can impair memory, too.

Thoughts? Reactions?


marymary100 - 4-6-2017 at 20:49

I could ask the doctor in my family but you'd be best to go to your own. You've had bereavement recently so it could be stress related but you maybe need to start keeping post-it notes around with to do lists that you check off as you go. I sometimes write a post-it and leave it on the steering wheel if I realise I need to get petrol on my way into work so that I drive to the garage after work.


scholar - 4-6-2017 at 22:26

I do have a doctor's appointment in about 3 weeks, but I'm afraid to bring it up. He is a beginner at a clinic for poor people, but he hasn't learned much yet about real-life medicine. (He told me to stop to have some blood drawn last time on the way out. I got a bill for $300! shocked_yellow He just wanted to check my cholesterol.rant0000

I'm afraid that he would take me off my ADD medicine. (Because, it makes so much sense that, if a medicine is giving some help, but not as effective as it used to be, you want to withdraw the measure of help it still gives.)

I was taken off these meds once before, and given something that did not work as well. I only got back on them when medicaid would not pay for the more expensive (but less effective) medicine.

So, I'll do the best I can. The meds I am taking now have gone up in price. I used to pay $15 for them, but they have gone up in price to $160. A pharmacy discount card knocks it down to $60 for me.


LSemmens - 5-6-2017 at 05:41

Come to America, the land of the free... that is until you need medical assistance. Yes, some tests are prohibitively expensive, cholesterol ones, I wouldn't have thought so. ANY chest pain needs to be assessed by a clinician, not a nurse, or a bloke who........ IME students and young interns are way better diagnosticians than the older, more "experienced" physicians because they have yet to develop the "habit" of, "this pain - this problem" when, it could also be any number of other issues.

If you've been run over by a car, do they check your insurance before they put you on life support?


Quaver - 5-6-2017 at 10:23

MM's post-it idea is great. I do it all the time. Not necessarily with post-it, I sometimes hang things on the front door so not to forget to take it when I go out, bags of rubbish near my shoe, Post-it on the fridge/PC/Phone.
Spare house key is inside my purse.

In your case, you could've held one of the material or a note reminding you about the material with your hand, so to remind you before you got on the car.


John_Little - 5-6-2017 at 10:34

I like your thinking, Q!


sceptre - 5-6-2017 at 19:50

Quote:
Originally posted by marymary100
I sometimes write a post-it and leave it on the steering wheel if I realise I need to get petrol on my way into work so that I drive to the garage after work.

Post its or a notebook would work as long as scholar uses the same place for storing them.

I'd use a note stuck to the steering wheel if I've been changing oil or brake fluid and needed to top up .
With fuel I'll get a warning light then a warning message scrolling across the dash pod , if I still haven't fiiled up then angry Essex girl (the default voice ) will demand that I head for the nearest filling station ...lips_sealed


marymary100 - 5-6-2017 at 21:06

Could be worse...could be the wife's voice!


LSemmens - 6-6-2017 at 01:37

My problem is, I write a note, then forget where I've put it. I keep all mhy appointments on my phone with suitable reminders, even then, I forget to set the requisite reminders when I put in the appointment. I also discovered last week that somehow my phone had set the default time zone for somewhere in outer Mongolia for appointments, so the reminders did not happen until after the event. The correct time would display on the screen but I did not find out about it until I missed an appointment and I got a call from the very nice podiatrist asking where we were. Fortunately we only live around the corner. I then spent an hour going through every appointment on my phone checking and correcting the time zone.


John_Little - 6-6-2017 at 07:53

I've forgot what this thread is about.


LSemmens - 6-6-2017 at 09:34

Don't ask me. My imaginary friend has to keep reminding me that he is there.


dr john - 6-6-2017 at 12:57

And has no-one noticed that this post is in the PC Help section...
SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
Any doctor, whether young or old is better than no doctor. You call the doctor a beginner! After how many years of training??? How many years of working in the field, so to speak??? You are old, so many doctors will appear young to you. The young doctor will know a huge amount more than the combined medical knowledge of everyone who posts (or has ever posted) here. Yet you ask in pc help section about a medical problem.


John_Little - 6-6-2017 at 13:17

excellent bed side manner, Dr John!


scholar - 6-6-2017 at 23:06

Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
And has no-one noticed that this post is in the PC Help section...
SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
Any doctor, whether young or old is better than no doctor. You call the doctor a beginner! After how many years of training??? How many years of working in the field, so to speak??? You are old, so many doctors will appear young to you. The young doctor will know a huge amount more than the combined medical knowledge of everyone who posts (or has ever posted) here. Yet you ask in pc help section about a medical problem.

I thought I was in general chat when I clicked the "new topic" button. I regret my error.

The doctors at the clinic who see patients are first-year interns. Some of them literally listen to the patient's problem, then leave the room to ask someone who knows something about what to do. If one thinks he knows what to do, he tells me the proposed plan, but then he has to have a supervisor agree (or, possibly, correct him) before I leave.

So, they have studied in books, but they are just trying out their wings with real people now. The training wheels are on.


marymary100 - 7-6-2017 at 00:12

Quote:
Originally posted by scholar
Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
And has no-one noticed that this post is in the PC Help section...
SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
Any doctor, whether young or old is better than no doctor. You call the doctor a beginner! After how many years of training??? How many years of working in the field, so to speak??? You are old, so many doctors will appear young to you. The young doctor will know a huge amount more than the combined medical knowledge of everyone who posts (or has ever posted) here. Yet you ask in pc help section about a medical problem.

I thought I was in general chat when I clicked the "new topic" button. I regret my error.

The doctors at the clinic who see patients are first-year interns. Some of them literally listen to the patient's problem, then leave the room to ask someone who knows something about what to do. If one thinks he knows what to do, he tells me the proposed plan, but then he has to have a supervisor agree (or, possibly, correct him) before I leave.

So, they have studied in books, but they are just trying out their wings with real people now. The training wheels are on.


That is absolute BS scholar and you know it. "My" doctor in the family is just finishing his first year as a qualified doctor by doing rotations in a large hospital. The main rule seems to be - don't call in the registrar unless you absolutely need to but know everything about the patient for the consultant on rounds. He did 5 years or practical rounds/OSCEs/exams/"book" learning/training in Canada all before he got to that point. He is currently in neonatal - getting paid to hug babies and do the initial checks. He's in 7th heaven.




Unless, of course the American system is even worse than I suspected.


LSemmens - 8-6-2017 at 08:26

We happily allow the trainees to "practice" on us. That is how they become good doctors. If they are never allowed to see real patients, then they are never going to be any use to anyone.