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Three Sundays out of the last four I have gone to a local nursing home to lead the singing for the Sunday morning service there. It's been a bittersweet experience as I've seen some elderly people who were my colleagues in the past. It's a blessing to have fond memories of those people's lives of service, but it's also difficult to see the ravages of aging on their bodies and minds.

A current colleague who is younger than I, by the way, was telling me recently that she gets in the middle of doing something and then remembers she needs to do something else. She starts to do that and then forgets what she had been doing. I told her she must be in the early stages of A.A.A.D.D. When she didn't know what I was talking about, I just knew I had to post this on my blog this week.

There is a new diagnostic category is sweeping the county. It's called A.A.A.D.D. — Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. The following is a description of how it manifests itself:

I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the bottle of soda that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the soda aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the soda is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the soda, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye — they need to be watered. I set the soda down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day, the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm bottle of soda sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired! I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail to see if that I.V.-man has posted anything new.

If that wasn't you or me today, it might be, before we know it! ... If we'll know it, that is....


In a blog post I did at this same time 4 years ago, I included the words to a song that brought me great comfort then, as it does today. It's wonderful to be reminded that no matter what is happening in this world, there is One who is superintending it all and His ultimate plan will be accomplished. I post those same words below:

There Is a Higher Throne
Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music

There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known,
Where faithful ones from ev'ry tongue
Will one day come.
Before the Son we'll stand,
Made faultless through the Lamb;
Believing hearts find promised grace —
Salvation comes.

Hear heaven's voices sing;
Their thund'rous anthem rings
Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow'r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high

And there we'll find our home,
Our life before the throne;
We'll honor Him in perfect song
Where we belong.
He'll wipe each tear-stained eye
As thirst and hunger die.
The Lamb becomes our Shepherd King;
We'll reign with Him.

Hear heaven's voices sing;
Their thund'rous anthem rings
Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow'r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high

I will continue to pray for our president, as I have for the past four years and for each president before him in my lifetime. I do not envy anyone who has that job. I can't understand why anyone would aspire to it in the first place — a job where almost no one is happy with what you do. (Oh wait, is that kind of like teaching?! Just kidding!) But why anyone who's gone through one term would aspire to another term, is beyond me!

Curious about whether there has ever been a president who didn't run for a second term, I did some searching. As far as I can determine, Polk, Buchanan, Hayes, and Coolidge, Truman, and Lyndon Johnson chose not to seek another term for which they were eligible. Others would have sought a second term, but were not renominated — Tyler, Fillmore, Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and Arthur. Harding, Taylor, Garfield, and Harrison died during their first term, and Kennedy was assassinated during his first term. Only 13 presidents have successfully completed two full terms. You can read all about it on Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge. You history buffs may want to make corrections in the comments. 🙂

personal note...

We would appreciate your prayers for our daughter Megan. She has a thyroid biopsy this morning at 9:30. Please pray that everything goes smoothly and that they get the results needed to make the right treatment decisions. There's a nodule on her thyroid, and they are trying to determine how much of her thyroid needs to be removed. They need to know if the nodule is benign or cancerous. Thanks so much!


"The measure of who I really am is the unguarded moment." — Drew Conley

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7 Comments on “A.A.A.D.D.”

  1. #1 Judy Curry
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Always enjoy your posts, Rob. Do you have a camera installed here? Sounds like one of my days! I’m commenting, though, because you quoted “There Is A Higher Throne”. Singing it is always encouraging and today it is especially meaningful. Love it! Praying this morning for your Megan.

  2. #2 Bruce
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Now I understand what’s happening to me. I have noticed that AAADD is occuring a bit more frequently as I progress in years.

    I too am praying for our President and our country. It seems we as a nation are moving farther away from our Christian heritage and are rejecting God and his teachings. We would be wise to look at the end result of other nations that have done the same.

  3. #3 Barbara H.
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Yes, I can definitely identity with A.A.A.D.D. Sometimes in the middle of saying something I forget why I brought it up or where I was going with it.

    I just wanted to offer a word of encouragement about the thyroid issue. I had a nodule on my thyroid about 23 years ago and had to have half my thyroid removed. Thankfully the nodule was benign. I’ve had to take thyroid hormone ever since and had to have my thyroid levels checked about once a year, but other than that I’ve had no more trouble with my thyroid (I had been afraid that this nodule was just the beginning of more bumps and lumps to come, but thank the Lord, that hasn’t been the case.) I’m sure all of the technology is even better now than it was then.

    The only bump in the road came when I tried a new generic form of the thyroid medicine. Most generics are no problem, but this one just made me very sick. A gastroenterologist suggested it might be the thyroid hormone. My GP pooh-poohed the idea, but when we switched to the name brand version (Synthroid), my body went back to normal. Unfortunately the Synthroid is more expensive and my insurance won’t cover as much of it since it is not a generic. They will probably start her on a generic version at first, and it may work great for her, but if things don’t feel right she might ask to try the Synthroid.

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hey, I resemble this post!! Now what was the other thing I wanted to say . . . .

  5. #5 Ben
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Outdoor humorist Patrick McManus would refer to this phenomenon as the “sequential vortex.” I believe that bit showed up in The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw. The particular excerpt is actually available online at http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9781466809499#book-excerpts. *usual disclaimers apply*

  6. #6 ray
    on Nov 7th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I can understand how sobering it is to see close friends age. As a kid, people were either old, young, or middle aged – the aging process was rather static. Having been cognizant of seeing people then and now, is yet another reminder of one of the facets of the curse upon God’s perfect Creation.

  7. #7 Kari
    on Nov 14th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Much luck to Megan. I know what all that is like, and I wish her all the best and that the nodule comes back benign. If she is on Facebook, there is a big support group for people with thyroid issues, they’d be happy to give experiences and advice. I’ll remember this post as I continue to grow into adulthood 🙂 Love the song, it’s a big encouragement.