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Silver Linings

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WARNING: This blog post is NOT for the faint-of-heart.

Two days ago, I found myself in a hospital emergency ward, where I waited six hours for treatment.

Finally, at four in the morning, the doctor came in and began the excruciating process of lancing my infected finger. Good thing I didn’t know beforehand that something infected can’t be anesthetized. That didn’t stop him from trying, so the process began with an extremely painful, yet useless, needle to my throbbing digit.

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Silver Linings

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  1. OUCH! You’re too dedicated!! You managed to type with that?!! Only 6 hours? (Canadian care *IS* superior to Irish hospitals!)

    If you’ve got good typing skills, you needed that finger for 311 key strokes in this article– not counting revisions and effort to post this! (Ok, that’s over the top.)TAKE A BREAK woman!

    =) feel better soon

    • LOL! Thanks, Pannie. Actually, I used voice-activated software to write it, so that saved me a bunch of keystrokes. But I admit, typing w/o a middle finger is a BIG challenge. Not in pain today.

      AND – I still love our Canadian healthcare system…the hospital was extremely busy that night, and I live in a rural area, so we don’t have as many services (i.e. family doctors, clinics, etc.) as the urban centres do.

      take care!

  2. Please tell me HOW did your finger get in such bad shape? I know the story is about silver linings but my brain NEEDS the facts also.

    • Hi Denim.

      I have no idea. I must have had a teeny cut beside my nail (but I saw and felt nothing) and some nasty bacteria got in and just did its thing – fast! The doc said it usually happens if you have a hangnail (I didn’t), and it’s a 1 in 200 chance that you’ll get an infection. Lucky me.

      That’s all I know. Signing out now, it
      s jurting again & really hard to type like tjis.


  3. It doesn’t surprise me that there could be such a correlation; especially in the context of your posts on the “Highly Sensitive Person”.

    What does suprise me is that you’ve found one medical professional who’s actually interested in exploring it further. During this past year, I have been dismayed to discover that I now know more about ADHD than many medical professionals that I’ve come into contact with. Dismayed because I consider my knowledge barely above “Level 101”. I still learning every day about how ADHD effects people in contexts far different from my own.

    But take someone with ADHD, perhaps also HSP, and expose them to the reality of our worst forms of inhumanity and yes, I can easily see how seriously damaged goods could be the result.

    One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I do not handle emergency situations very well. For example, I could never be an EMT for example. My ‘feeling’ for the situation totally overwhelms my desire to act calmly and rationally. In my day job, if I make a mistake, nobody dies.

    ADHD is like complicated machinery through which we process the events of our lives; different events and different contexts lead to different outcomes. Still, there are some common threads.

    So what does ADHD look like? I’m learning everyday that the answer to that question is far more varied than I had originally believed.

    I look forward to hearing more when you post it and kudos for recognizing this opportunity in the midst of significant pain.

  4. Sigh. Editing is, for me, an extraordinarly slow and painful process.

    My biggest problem is proof reading. I can proof it eleventy billion times, but unless I allow a significant amount of time to pass (3-4 hours minimum) between writing and proofing, I’m wasting my timeand just kidding myself.

    I’ve realized that when I proof, my eyes tend to see what I was thinking, not what I actually wrote. My eyes simply cannot overcome what my brain is absolutely certain it wrote. It’s like my brain is telling my eyes “don’t bother actually looking, I’ll tell you what you are seeing.”

    But if I come back to my writing the next day, I immediately see dozens of glaringly obvious typos. I tend to omit suffixes or simply not finish words – and this is especially frustrating when doing so inverts the meaning of a sentence — “could vs. couldn’t”, etc.

    I try to take my time when writing important business communications, but if I tried to do that everywhere, I’d never get around to the fun stuff like this place 🙂 Hopefully, like learning to understand someone with a speech impediment, others here will get my general drift even if the syntax is a bit confusing.

  5. Z,

    Been thinking about your latest post quite a bit the past day or so and looking around. It’s odd that I didn’t run across references to PTSD before. It rather closely mirrors the association rates of ADHD with obesity:

    Results: Thirty-six percent of participants with PTSD and 9% of participants with panic disorder met criteria for childhood ADHD. Twenty-eight percent of participants with PTSD and 5% of participants with panic disorder met criteria for current ADHD.

    Conclusions: There appears to be a significant association of PTSD with ADHD. ADHD or common predisposing factors may increase the vulnerability for developing PTSD.

    This poses an interesting question. When I began treatment for my ADHD, I also gained much better control of impulsive behavior, particularly with respect to impulsive eating. Thus, treating my ADHD also significantly helps me avoid a return to obesity.

    So, does a similar thing happen with treating ADHD in people with PTSD – i.e. does it improve their quality of life and diminish the effects of PTSD??

    • Jerry, once again, if a had an R & D budget – I’d hire you in a heartbeat! Thanks. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until March to write about this. Like yourself, I HAVE learned impulse control, too, but keeping information to myself? …just not my nature. That’s probably why I’m a journalist! lol

      ‘k, I’ll get to work and see if I can get something out there on this topic next week. In the meantime, as always, please feel free (everyone) to send along your questions, thoughts and ideas.

      Have a great weekend, my friend!

  6. Ouch! I’m glad you got the chance to get acquainted with that doctor, though. The connection between ADHD and PTSD is an interesting one – lots of comorbidity, symptom overlap, and misdiagnosis going in both directions. If you are familiar with Nadeau & Quinn’s book, “Understanding Women with AD/HD,” there is a brief mention of the ADHD/PTSD link in there. It’s only a couple of paragraphs, so I wouldn’t buy the book just for that, but the book is also full of lots of other useful information. I’ll be interested to read the article once you get to interview him!


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