It seems that most parents I am acquainted with now-a-days has at least one child who is “differently abled.” The other day I ran into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in a while, and she asked how school was going for my son. It was just her bad luck that I had happened to have come from a meeting with the school staff earlier that day. She told me that she understood what I was going through because her son had his own eccentricities that had gone undiagnosed for years. During this time she said that she felt so alone, and that her son was oftentimes thought of as a “bad kid” by the school and even some friends. But it was this morning’s conversation with a girlfriend that really turned the light on for me. She mentioned that she wished there was a support group for what she’s going through with her daughter. I responded that I too had asked a pediatrician, psychologist, and a social worker (sounds like the beginning of a joke… “all walked into a bar together…”) if there was a support group for parents of children with ADHD. That’s when it hit me… I would love to do a blog about how we got our diagnosis, treatment options, and life [in general] with my beloved child that has ADHD. I want to make it very clear that this blog is not meant to diagnose, or change the course of any current treatment of the reader’s children, I am not going to EVER review a medical drug or encourage anyone with an excessively hyper or unruly child that they may want to investigate ADHD as a cause. This blog is simply to commiserate and celebrate the individuality of my child. And if a reader laughs, wonderful! Gains a different perspective, awesome! Realizes that she’s/he’s not alone with this whole “parenting isn’t as easy as it looks” thing… that’s even better!
Writing has always been a passion of mine. Several years ago I found a book at a garage sale that was written by one of my favorite authors. It was a book that was all about writing, much outside his usual subject matter. The first or second page said that if you don’t have time to write, you’ll never be a writer. I put the book down and to this day, it sits unread on my shelf. I do not have a degree in writing, I have taken some college courses that are required for graduation, so I know a little, but not enough to avoid the inevitable mistakes of the many rules of the English language. Here are some faults of mine… I enjoy run-on sentences, and over,use,comas: I often forget the rules for using colons and semicolons…oh, and whatever these three dots are for… I love them! And a college prof once told me that I tend to overuse “I” when I’m writing about myself. (What?) Last but not least, I have been known to insert a “LOL” here and there, but mostly after saying something mildly sarcastic that may possibly offend someone if the exact context of my comment wasn’t understood. Now that I’ve apologized in advance for my writing style… (If you’re anything like me, noted misspellings, misuse of punctuation and, god forbid, the misunderstanding of when to use words such as “their, they’re, and there,” are like fingers on a chalk board!) <- [bunny trail] (P.S. In my opinion, parenthesis are the perfect punctuational excuse to digress…I tend to digress A LOT.)