Tonight is open water swim. Supposed to be 20 mph winds and 58 degrees. Hmmm…..definitely not feeling it. Last week’s swim in calm waters was bad enough for me. I know it’s a matter of experience and conditioning – neither of which I have right now. Until last Wed, I had not put on my wetsuit in 2 years. I felt like it was choking me even though I weigh less than I did 2 years ago. It would be good for me to go tonight, but It just sounds miserable. We shall see how motivated I am this eve. I ordered a new helmet, sunglasses and swim goggles. It was like Christmas yesterday! All good stuff.
I had a good discussion with S about ADHD. When I gave him his pill I asked him if he knew why he takes his it. He said he didn’t. I reminded him of our discussions about his “race car brain” and I said there is a name for that. I told him and he was surprised. He said “I have ADHD?!?” and “you mean like Percy Jackson”? I said yes but Percy is a fictional character. I told him there a lot of real people with it. Michael Phelps, Terry Bradshaw and a few others that he’s not really familiar with. The one celeb he knows is the singer Will.i.Am. I said there probably a lot of kids in his school who also have ADHD. He said he doesn’t think so, but I think it made him a little more comfortable anyway. Since I am taking him to a discussion tonight on ADHD I wanted him to know. He’ll get to hear 2 older kids talk about how they manage their ADHD. He and I will be leaving the house at 5. It goes from 5:30 – 7:30. Maybe I’ll take him to McD’s after as a treat.
Now that he knows about his diagnosis, S is saying things like “I’m different”. I tell him he’s not – he’s the same S he’s always been. I think he’s confused and worried. I know it’s natural, but that’s precisely the reason we didn’t tell him he is ADHD. I don’t want him thinking he’s different. And we certainly don’t want him using it as an excuse for anything.