I always ask for female docs. Long story, no need to get into the “whys” here. But the NP I was supposed to see wasn’t available, having had to leave early for some reason. In her place, I got a dude-doc.
And he was AWESOME! He was cool, non-judgemental, knowledgeable…and you know what ELSE?
He TOTALLY gets ADHD.
NO. SHIT. I was stoked. Before I even divulged that I was a grad student I mentioned ADHD as part of my recent medical history and he said “oh yeah, you know what happens a lot? Many really resourceful ADHDers get diagnosed when they’re in grad school because their coping mechanisms finally get totally overwhelmed”. DINGDINGDING! Yes doc, I just graduated, and it was pretty hellacious…and spurred me to go get diagnosed at last.
He also totally got it when I said to him “I’m not usually spacey like this, I’m usually pretty hyperactive and relentlessly chatty but I’ve been so tired I’m just spacey right now”. He cut me off and said “and if you’re the ADHDer I think you are, you were probably off starting a medical clinic in Haiti last weekend or something…you really need to take it easy! Don’t let the ADHD tell you what to do right now!”. BWAHAHAHAHA! That’s had me laughing all day. I replied “I see you know my people well” and he laughed too.
So…while I’m awaiting test results I’m supposed to try to chill out, give myself rest time, and NOT fly to foreign destinations to start clinics…or enact plans for world domination…or you know, whatever might pop into my head…actually dressmaking is what’s been popping into my head, and I think I can do that sitting…hmmmm…
He was knowledgeable, and non-judgemental. How REFRESHING!