I’ve never seen statistics on our health. I’ve never been privy to mortality charts on persons with ADHD. I’m not even sure that any exist.
I imagine that they do, and I’m sure they don’t portray a happy picture.
Along with having a penchant for accidents, there are other issues in our lives that would suggest we have additional health risks.
And I don’t know what all those risks might be, but …
Off the top of my head …
I do know, though I can’t find anything to back this up just at present, that we are at a higher risk for accidental poisoning.
And no, I don’t know exactly why, but I’d guess that it falls somewhere between accidentally drinking from the wrong container and being spontaneously adventurous.
Drinking from the wrong container?
Yeah, sounds unlikely and yet … at the delicate age of 17, way too young to be drinking, I was already a seasoned alcoholic. One evening while I was at a basement party, I was sitting on a chest freezer for lack of furniture. This was the 70’s and lots of us were smoking. I was sharing the top of the freezer with an appreciably large number of empty beer bottles, some of which had cigarette butts floating in various amounts of leftover beer.
Not once, but four separate times, I reached down, while talking to fellow partyers, picked up my beer and took a big pull only to discover it wasn’t my beer but one of those ashtray bottles.
I didn’t consume it, I let it drain back into the bottles, but I still suffered nicotine poisoning for a day or so afterwards. Does that sound like accidental poisoning? I’d say so.
Gag me with a smoke!
Yep. It was pretty disgusting and I did not enjoy the party much after that. I was barely able to stay ’til the end, almost didn’t drink the next twelve beers I managed to consume.
And there you have it. So what else could be detrimental to our health?
Just for a short list … the things we find ourselves addicted to, like spontaneous sex with whomever, or alcohol, or drugs mild or heavy, fatty foods, cigarettes, speeding, climbing things, the list is long.
And an additional addiction we have is adrenaline. So we leap off the cliff into the lake below when no one else has tried it before, we climb the tree, we ride the bicycle backwards, we surf down the roof on an old wooden door …. yeah, don’t ask. Well, okay, ask.
If there are actuary tables that note ADHD, it would not surprise me if we had a shorter life expectancy in comparison to the neuro-typical people we share this planet with.
I would accept that statistic, but I wouldn’t be happy about it. But, while accepting the statistic, I wouldn’t accept the idea that I have less time than others, not without a good fight.
So let me just tell you right here and now, I intend to fight to stick around for a long time.
So let me just warn you, you’ll have me to deal with for some time yet if I have anything to say about it. Me and my ADHD. We’re here to stay for the duration.