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The Dyslexic and The ADHD

I’m a busy person. I work two jobs and go to school full time. At my second job, I find I often have free time. I also have such an amazing boss that she doesn’t mind if I work on homework or read a little.

Before you go, “You read? HA!” Let me stop you. Yes I read, I read a lot. I read to get better and because society likes to use words to convey messages. I love the feel of reading and the transportation of books, the transition from reality to fiction. Exploring new worlds, fighting and struggling along side the main character. Oh I could go ON! But I won’t. I have a story to tell you after all.

I recently came upon a man name Robert Brockway and his Sci-fi book Rx, which I haven’t read just yet. While raving about the man’s genius idea for episodic releases of his Sci-fi book, I learned about another of his works Everything Is Trying to Kill Everyone. I bought the book almost at once.

Now picture this, in the small little back area of our store there is me and my friend / co-worker. I’m reading out loud this book, stumbling over words and renaming things just so I can progress. The book is full of difficult words like Klebsiella Planticola which quickly got renamed Plant. To complete this little scene my friend is setting in the corner bouncing slightly. He has ADHD, so getting him to focus and sit still for more than five minutes is quite an accomplishments.

That’s right a Dyslexic is reading to an ADHD. I read to him nearly everyday, articals I’ve found on the net or current writing projects I’m working on. He laughs while I stumble along adding in words, missing sentences and (again) changing names of people just so I can read them.

I do this constantly. If the name is hard for me to read I change it. Like this name, Stanislav Petrov. Because his Russian name went WAY over my head, I cleverly renamed him Stan, Stan the man who saved use from Mutual Destruction way back in the day. My friend spent much of his time laughing at me, but I don’t care!

It’s my quirk you see. I stumble, I fumble, and warp words. It’s fun, if a little frustrating, but all the same I like it. When I read to people, I enjoy when they correct me. They laugh at me and I join in. The best part of it all, as my ADHD friend can attest to, It’s all just funny.

8 thoughts on “The Dyslexic and The ADHD

  1. I found this entertaining to read as I too stumble upon words and have to come up with a way for my brain to process them. I tend to read fast, and when I do, I end up saying the wrong word or say a complete irrelevant word all together. But, I agree if a word is too hard to pronounce I change it, or I take my time trying to pronounce it correctly though sometimes that creates frustration.

    • I get frustrated a lot to when trying to sound out words. Instead of going through all that hassle and losing the joy in reading, I just go screw it your this now. They only time I really fight through it is when I’m reading for a class, or techy stuff.

  2. This is such a heartwarming post. I love how you continue to read, no matter how hard it may be, and how you love to share your reading with others. I think that’s so inspirational. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts 🙂

  3. Wow Awesome start to a blog i really like it. My mom actually does the same things with names she loves to read fantasy novels and such but the names are usually so far over your head its just ridiculous so she shortens them.

  4. I wonder if your dopleganger has the same problem. What do you think? You’ll have to tell me if you ever meet her.

  5. I like reading your blog and english is not my first language, I have always had difficulty reading but I am looking forward to reading more stories from you. Good Job

  6. That was a really nice post. Quite the interesting title for the book it kinda makes me want to look into it that and your post here about it.

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