Tikay

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  • in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #134019
    Tikay
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    Hi herkimer,

    welcome.
    It’s funny because for me it’s quite the opposite. I need to read things or see them or do them.
    Listening to stuff just makes me feel tired. It’s like listening to a good-night-story.
    When I read stories to my kids, I was the one falling asleep after 5 Minutes. LOL

    It’s so frustrating that people don’t get ADHD. Well, if you have a broken leg you can see it and how it impacts people. ADHD is not so obvious.
    I told my partner from the very beginning that I have ADHD and sent him links so he could inform himself. (Turns out he never did!) I always say, “I came with a manual”.

    He doesn’t get it. For him it’s just an excuse so I can snap at him. Or he is saying, “Then I have ADHD as well.” Yeah, maybe but it’s somehow downgrading what I am dealing with.

    I tried to explain it like that: “Imagine you are driving a car and that car is headed towards a tree, you know you need to steer around it or brake – but your car has no brake and the steering wheel is stuck. You are going to hit that tree, no matter what. And you can watch yourself doing so, fully aware. That’s how my brain works in some situations.”

    And then add thyroid issues and menopause to that and bang…

    Exercising helps, I just need to kick myself to get started.

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #132541
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    Hi Penny,

    thanks for the info!
    I think I found her on reddit and sent her a message but no answer so far. Won’t be able to make it in November, earliest would be March maybe.
    I hate to call people ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I prefer email.

    My daughter-in-law is going to the clinic in Brendale, I am waiting what she has to say about it.
    I definitely want to go there, but probably next year. I am away from End of November till End of February.

    A lot of doctors think it’s bad to take meds in the late afternoon.
    That’s because you are being hit by rebound when they wear off… and that’s why you can’t fall asleep then. When they are still working when you go to bed, then you don’t have that problem. Thankfully my doctor was aware of that!

    I too take magnesium before I go to bed, about 300 mg. Helps with menopause as well ;-).

    So, I better get started with all the things I have on my to-do-list.

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #132540
    Tikay
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    Hi Penny,

    a lot of my emails go straight to spam, no matter what rules I have in place. Don’t know why…

    I go with my gut whether I tell people or not. On the one hand I want people to know and educate them but on the other hand sometimes it’s better not to – especially when they are ignorant. Even doctors.

    Also all people with ADHD are different. I am only hyperactive on the inside, you can only tell because my leg is constantly moving. I have to concentrate to keep it still, lol.

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #132534
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    Hi Alexia,

    no, I am about 80 km from Brisbane ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #131685
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    Hi Pennyshore,

    not too bad. I am more aware of my ADHD at the moment and can pinpoint and relate to a lot of things.

    We (my partner and I) went to a shopping center recently and after a short time I was overwhelmed – too much noise, too many people, too much going on and I pointed that out to my partner. He responded that it is annoying him as well. Sigh. I told him that is not helping… since he is constantly saying “oh, then I might have ADHD as well”. No, don’t think so.
    He did an online test and he barely hit the 50% mark…

    I had no luck in finding a group yet. And since I am not on Facebook…
    I found a translator who would be able to translate my diagnoses into English. Just need to go ahead.
    I also might have found a psychiatrist – there is a clinic in Brendale and they have a couple of psychiatrists who specialise in ADHD.

    Funny thing – my daughter-in-law just realised she might have ADHD as well. I could have told her 8 years ago… lol.

    Oh – are your meds still working when you go to sleep?
    When I told my problems with going to sleep to my doctor in Germany he made sure my meds were still working when going to bed. That helped. My pills usually lasted for 6 hours, so I started at 6 am, then noon and then 6 pm.

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #131684
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    Hi Macushla,

    I don’t think you offended anyone, I thought it was funny ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I was just thinking the same thing the other day.

    Is it the Lucy Rose Clinic? There is one in Brissie as well. I came across that clinic after I found a doctor who specialises in hormones.
    I have hypothyroidism and that doctor finally ordered all the relevant blood tests and not just TSH (which was always perfect according to my GP!) since I developed a whole list of symptoms. He put me on natural hormones and within a day all my symptoms were gone!

    I am reading a very good book at the moment:
    100 questions and answers about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Women and Girls
    Patricia O. Quinn, MD
    This book is gold! I got it from the library first and had to have it.
    I hope my partner is going to read it as well…

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #131667
    Tikay
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    Look, a squirrel or a bird or…
    Well, I suppose sometimes life gets in the way. Or ADHD. Or both…
    I am definitely still here ๐Ÿ˜‰

    in reply to: Period hormones and Medication #131666
    Tikay
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    Sorry, can’t give you any advice, but that doesn’t sound good.
    At the moment I am not on meds (since moving to Australia that is).
    I was on a generic Ritalin medication (called Medikinet) – long release, 3x 10 mg daily and when I had my period it just wasn’t working as good or at all. But I had no side effects.

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #129635
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    Hi Russell,

    what I forgot to ask you – where did you get your diagnosis from, how many consultations did it take and how expensive was ist?
    I am trying to figure out whether it’s worth it to have my diagnosis letters from Germany translated so I won’t have to go through the whole process again. At least for a starting point… they probably won’t rely on that alone I suspect?

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #129112
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    Hi Mary,

    welcome!
    It’s great to read that you were able to turn your life around!

    Do you take the normal Ritalin or the long release one?

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #129111
    Tikay
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    Thanks Russell,

    just what I needed to put a smile on my face ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Guess what, yesterday I exercised! For the first time in 2 months (I had established a routine and then everything went downhill due to emotional stress, extreme emotional stress which is still ongoing, sigh), boy am I out of shape again…

    And 8 years after my move to Australia I finally filled in the form for changing the address for my government pension insurance (or whatever it is called in English)… that’s ADD procrastination at its worst…
    Also found other documents I need to sort out. I am sooo bad at that. Hold on – no, I am good at ignoring things until they go away! Most of the time they don’t, that’s a bummer.

    What did you cook for dinner? I need something for tonight.
    Yesterday we had shepherd’s pie.

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #128920
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    Hi Macushla and all,

    I was just going to write about what I just did… lol.

    I realised I had bought some meat I wanted to freeze and it was still sitting in the fridge, started to put it in bags, then went to wash my hands in the bathroom, realised my towels were still outside on the clothes line, went outside to get them, started folding the laundry, came back into the kitchen and the meat was still on the counter.

    But hey, at least I was productive – washed linen and put it back on, vacuumed and mopped.

    My to-do-list was longer, sigh. Still couldn’t fit in my exercises…

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #128706
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    Hi Russell,

    I miss going skating, but it’s quite a drive to the next rink and my feet are giving me a hard time at the moment, so I’m not sure whether my boots will do them any good. Season usually started in September and it usually took a month for my feet to adjust to my boots. I do have professional boots and blades. I never had lessons, I just love skating, always have.
    Preferably with my MP3-player and an empty rink.

    Once I went skating in Davos, Switzerland and when I was a teenager my parents drove me to a rink that was outdoors. It had lots of disadvantages – weather wise, either there was water on the ice or it was blยง$ยงdy cold, it was impossible to skate when it was snowing or raining. Therefore I prefer an indoors rink.

    When I hear music I skate in my head – all the time… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh and during the last world championships I stayed up half of the night streaming the event…

    Better get back to do what I was supposed to be doing, hopefully I can get myself to do some exercises – it’s a struggle at the moment!

    Have a nice Saturday Evening,
    Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #128610
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    Hi Russell,

    the only thing I have learned and am still doing is Autogenic Training. I think it’s a German thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ but works for me, most of the time.
    I find exercising helps me to calm down, I need to move. Walking with Leslie Sansone, nordic walking (walking with poles) or step aerobics. I used to go ice skating three times a week.

    Cheers, Tikay

    in reply to: Older adults in Australia please #128502
    Tikay
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    Hi Penny,

    I have been looking for a support group or even just a forum ever since I’ve moved to Australia – no luck so far!
    I think there might be a group on Facebook but since I am not on Facebook (I had my account properly deleted over 10 years ago – I don’t agree with their privacy policy and I probably would be addicted) this is no option for me.

    Cheers,
    Tikay

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