100 Days of Writing – Day Eighteen

Adventures in Living: Trying to treat ADD with meds, while at the same time, quit smoking – Day Two

Today marks my second day at an attempt to treat my ADD and quit smoking. Results for the day (at 2:28 p.m) have been mixed thus far.

I woke up at 6 a.m. and decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and take my ADD medication. The prescription label says to take one dose “in the morning” and I figured it was as good a time as any. I also got a cigarette and smoked it before retiring back to bed.

Just over two hours later, I woke up for good and could feel the positive effects of the medication. These included a lightening of the stress level and anxious thoughts in my mind and a more pronounced level of calm. These effects have continued until this point, although I am finding myself a bit sleepy. The pharmacist had told me that this was to be expected.

As far as the cessation of smoking, I’ve made no advances in that area. When I saw I was almost out of cigarettes last night around 8 p.m., I went and got another pack. This occurred without me even considering that I might want to give stopping another concerted try. I’ve continued to smoke all day today thus far.

I have done some reading from two different books today, one of which is all about ADD. I came to the conclusion that it was somewhat problematic for a person who has ADD to try to read a book about ADD. I have, however, read thirty-one pages by mid-afternoon. The other book I’m reading is about being spiritually aware and it’s been a bit more of a struggle to focus on thus far.

In addition to reading and writing in my journal, I went and took a few pictures in a local park. It didn’t seem there was a whole lot to photograph, so I stopped after only a few shots. I will make an effort in the future to try to diversify my activities beyond just reading and writing.

So has gone my day thus far.

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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