I’m sorry, did you say something?

I swear, some days I don’t know how I get anything accomplished.  Most of the time my mind is like a black hole, a place where thoughts go — but never return. Instead, another thought — almost random but for the tiniest thread tying it back to my original thought — takes it place. Until it, in turn, is replaced by another tenuous idea.

Although I’ve never been never diagnosed, I’m sure that I have some level of attention deficit disorder. No hyperactivity, I can assure you of that. But what a lot of people don’t understand about ADD is that it is not really the inability to pay attention, it is the inability to stop paying attention. In other words, it is the state of paying attention to way too many things all at once.

Take earlier this week, for example.  Our visiting vet came to the house to check on Isaac, our 18 year-old cat who has been losing weight despite eating every morsel of cat or dog food in sight. Upon examination, she said that he most likely has thyroid disease, which is common in older cats. I was following along just fine up to this point, but when she tried to further explain by saying “It’s like Graves disease in humans,” I immediately pictured Barbara Bush’s face. (Maybe you have to be of a certain age to remember that time in the late ’80s when we all learned about Graves disease because Mrs. Bush’s eyes were freaking out the nation.) As I tried to follow along on the prescribed treatment in cats, all I could see was Babs’ face — specifically her bulgy eyes on Isaac’s face.

Fortunately, the vet followed up with written directions.

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11 comments

  1. Thanks Morgan — he’s in otherwise good health for an old fellow, so we hope with some low dose meds he’ll be feeling better soon.

  2. oh, i thought it was bette davis eyes you might see on the cat! LOL

    hoping that the cat feels better soon and that you can find a way to process every bit of information sent your way!

  3. thank you for that lasting image of barbara now embedded in my head…

    and the laugh. lord knows, I needed a laugh today.

  4. LOL, I can relate. Ironically a good friend of mine and I were just talking about having adult ADHD today ourselves. In reading the definition on Wikipedia, the “inattention” version of it sums me up to a T. It explains my eternal procrastination and time management issues!

    Hope your Isaac will do well on the meds and live a long time to come!

  5. Thanks for your well wishes, everyone. Isaac seems to be more comfortable after just a couple of days of the meds. He still does not enjoy med-taking time, however, despite the fact that we got them in liquid (pill this cat? I don’t think so!), and that we got the “salmon-flavored” version. But when it’s followed up with chicken livers, he’s very forgiving.

  6. You’ve diagnosed my behavior to a T. Plus I have senior moment disease (the genteel way of saying early onset Alzheimer’s, ha, ha)…Barbara Bush deserves bug eyes for spawning that…so what did China Integrated Energy open at today on the…squirrel is deliberately trying to torment Riv…do I want tuna for lu…hell’s bells, tax returns in two…where the f*ck’s my phone now…who was I trying to call…whatshisname Scott…Scott, I don’t know anyone named Sc…oh, right, my brother Scott…keep forgetting to use the damn zip drive…yes, Maureen Dowd is snarky, but…THERE’s that book I was…what was I just saying…Newt Gringrich is back AGAIN. Couldn’t stand him the firs…where did I put the zip dri…Isaac, get better soo…Mauigirl? Who the hell’s….

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