So…I’ve been having internet issues. At first it wasn’t an issue. Someone took my nice little wifi device. I was in luck, because my sister had her old one that she didn’t use anymore. I called my provider and they were very nice about switching the device on my account. Problem – the device didn’t work. I took it to the store and the people there could find no reason why it wasn’t working properly. They reset it, we turned it off and on a million times and nothing. They recommended I try to get another. So I had to order another one. It took forever to get here. I can’t get one from the wireless provider because they don’t have this kind anymore, and if I get one from them I have to have an “upgrade” which is NOT an upgrade for me. It means a new plan that costs more and gives me less data. How is that an upgrade again? I digress. Anyway, I finally got my new device and was so very thrilled. Only to find it did not work either. It seemed suspicious, but no one on the phone from the wireless provider could solve this strange happening. No one at the store could solve it. It was charging, it was showing on THEIR end that they had swapped my service to it. My computer and other devices recognized that there was a wifi signal, (as they had with the first one), they just never connected to the internet. I had to order another device. My new device arrived, a brand new one. I was already unhappy about that, but whatever, it’s been almost a month and I needed some internet! Got my new device yesterday, charged it up and called to have the provider swap the service to the new device. Yep. It showed that there was a signal, but nothing would connect. Okay. Maybe, just maybe there was some bizarre twist of bad luck that caused the first two to be duds, but the third brand new one? No. I was not buying it. I had another lovely chat with a representative. They were very nice, as were all the representatives I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with over the last month. It all looked good on her end, she had no clue. She was trying to find some answers in her manual. Hmm..reset. Done. And done again. We turned it off a million more times. I was getting frustrated to the point of tears. I mean, this has been a long ordeal here. Chatting didn’t matter. There seemed to be no reason why the device stayed dormant and would not connect to the internet. Anyway, this was not supposed to be the woeful tale of how I have not had internet for weeks…this was about my momentary flash of brilliance.
Those of you with ADHD know that our strong suit is thinking outside the box. After all, we rather despise those boxes, don’t we? Well, I will tell you. For me personally, most of the time it feels like I just can’t think period, much less outside the box. I guess I’m a conformist. Kind of a tough road for an ADHD’r, but whatever. Those flashes of brilliance are few and far between these days. So last night, I gave up, dejected, on ever getting my internet to work. I was convinced it was an evil plan of the wireless company to make it look like my devices didn’t work so that I was forced into an “upgrade.” (I’m still not so sure…) This morning I’m in the shower (where I apparently get all my best ideas) and I had a thought. What if….
Begging the gods of Karma that seem to hate me, I got out of the shower and tried out my idea. It didn’t work. I was deflated, thinking there was going to be no way past that upgrade now. If I couldn’t make any of these devices work I had no choice. Then I had another thought. I just needed to try one more time, and if I couldn’t make it work, then so be it. Well, second time someone was finally looking out for me, because I had been right. It worked. Bless the internet I am back up and running. My computer runs fine. My iPod connected no problem. In that one shining moment, I had a brainstorm. I was so proud! LOL! My ADHD came to my rescue and saved my sanity, and saved me the wasted money of an “upgrade.” Too bad it didn’t save me the cost of two devices…oh well, can’t have everything I suppose, and there is always Ebay. I still wonder why, in all this time, NOT ONE wireless representative had this thought? I know NOTHING about technology, but you would think people working at these stores and on their helplines would?? Guess not. That’s okay, I solved it on my own, thanks to that one brilliant flash of ADHD! (I’m calling it brilliance anyway…it seems more like common sense, really, but whatever.) Maybe I should apply for a job…
So, in what instances has your ADHD allowed you to come to your own rescue and figure something out? Do you find that these moments come to you in the form of that “AHA!” moment?
Here’s a question unrelated to this post, but something I’ve been wondering. For those of you with children with anxiety disorders and/or ADHD, do any of them daydream so intensely that sometimes they can’t tell the difference between what they imagined and something that really happened? This happens to my daughter, although not as frequently as it did in the past. It’s something we continue to work with, but the problem is that sometimes it is very hard to convince her that an incident did not happen. If I question her, she can be defensive, believing that I believe she is a liar. That is far from the truth, because one thing my child is most definitely NOT is a liar. At least on purpose. I was told by counselors long ago that the daydreaming was a defense mechanism of the anxiety disorder plus some of the personal things she has to deal with (that I won’t mention here). I am just wondering if there is anyone else that deals with this, and if so, how do you handle it? I always want to be careful and considerate of her, as she is usually in an emotionally precarious place, and now she is doing so very well, that it doesn’t happen often, but there are times when I know she believes something happened that I am pretty sure did not. I don’t know how to make her aware of it without making her feel like I distrust what she says. She isn’t being dishonest, she truly does believe that a thing has happened sometimes when I doubt that it did. It’s hard to explain. Any ideas?