Oh yes it’s garbage night And the feeling’s right Oh yes it’s garbage night Oh what a night (oh what a night)
People who know my husband only as a serious-minded scientist could hardly imagine, come Tuesday trash-taking-out night, his jaunty rendition of Kool & the Gang’s Ladies Night.
Ten years ago, neither my husband nor I could have imagined it, either. He’s actually happy to be taking out the garbage and recycling instead of working himself up into a Klingon-warrior-inspired snit about it? Yes, it’s true. Just one of the miracles of medication. And a few attitudinal adjustments.
I was reminded of that remarkable transformation today. In talking with some adults who have ADHD, I mentioned the importance of establishing treatment targets before starting to take medication; otherwise, how will you know if it’s working? Meg agreed: “The first big clue I had that my meds were working was when, instead of thinking about how much I hated taking out the trash and recycling, I just took out the trash and recycling.” A woman after my husband’s heart!