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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
  No sick days in prison.
I have no doubt that I suffer from A.D.D. and would certainly have ended up as a drugged student if I were a kid going through school today. Giving a kid drugs scares the hell out of me. Thanks to a bunch of the books you have sent me and other discussions on NPR (look for web site The Infinite Mind or check npr.org for a link, they have done some shows on A.D.D.) that have given me great insight into the differences between humans and the stupid ways we sometimes misinterpret the actions of others.

By the way, they say caffeine has been found as a useful "drug" with A.D.D., and I certainly feel the difference when I have access to it. I am currently drinking six to eight tea bags worth of tea a day! The caffeine in a tea bag is about the same as a can of Coke.

I have become much more aware of my shortcomings and I know that sometimes it is necessary to put something aside until later because the mind just is not going to get it done now. One good example is the touch-typing. Right now, and for most of today, I have been flying along with no problems; other times I cannot get two words out without a typo.

The other thing is that there are certain things I am very good at and come easily to me, some that I can accomplish with varying degrees of practice and patience, and some stuff that is just not in the realm of possibility. The goal should be to be able to classify the areas as early as possible and be able to let go of those areas that are just not going to work.

Also, one must be aware of those areas others might assume you are capable of handling, but in fact you are not. One only has to look around the prison to find lots of people who have plenty of usefulness if someone would take the time to find the "place" each of us unique individuals fits in.

This does not mean deadlines should not be put in place. I have lived with deadlines for the last eight years, most of which make no sense to me. I grumble at them, but I do them. The point is not all deadlines are bad, not all must be approached cheerfully, BUT, where you may have some flexibility, be sure to be willing to use it.

I have found that I can "let go" of some things, and develop alternatives to provide my own internal balance without getting in trouble. For example, I am not and will never be a morning person, but I must be out of bed and have my room straight by 7:30 AM Monday to Friday regardless of how I feel.

There are no sick-days in prison.
 
Comments:
Prison Pete, I am in nursing school and there are no sick days in nursing school either. I am new to blogger and have just started my own. Check it out: http://kathysue.blogspot.com/atom.xml if you want to know something about me....I'm in prison too just not literally but mentally. How long do you got left in? I have a lifetime left. Later dude.
 
hey everyone i am new to this and i would like to know why you all blog. please got to my site and reply. you never know where you might end up
 
I have to say this is the most interesting thing I've read in a while. Even Harry Potter doesn't compare! (Yes, the books are much better than the movies!). I just want to say how impressed I am with your intelligence. It does dispel the myth that inmates are all idiots. Even smart people can get in trouble. I've also been reading the comments from people that have negative things to say. If you don't like "Pete", why are you still reading? I look forward to reading more, and Pete, I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get out in November. (I don't pray, so i don't want to say "i'll pray for you!)
 
g'day from australia pete. (and editor)

am writing to congragulate you on an interesting and insightfull blog that i find quite fascinating.i think its quite an achievement for you to remain so imaginative with your writing and so observant of the slightest things in prison and human life when it would be so easy to neglect it and "go with the flow". have you always possessed this skill i wonder?? or has it been something only recently (as 8 or so years can be) discovered upon incarciration??
i am also wondering if you have had some type of attitude adjustment after spending so much reflective time in the clink in relation to your crime and sentancing?? or have you always been so honest and fair in relation to these matters??.
i thouroughly enjoy your writing and descriptions of every day life and i certainally imagine it to be a fair warning to those treading the criminal path to possible imprisonment. BEWARE! i wish you the best that i possibly can in proportion to whatever unknown crime you may of committed, as you sound as if you have tried to turn your life around and make yourself a better person. congragulations on succeding so far. shall continue reading your continuing blogs with interest and one day hope to stumble upon the answers to my questions. thankyou.
 
g'day from australia pete. (and editor)

am writing to congragulate you on an interesting and insightfull blog that i find quite fascinating.i think its quite an achievement for you to remain so imaginative with your writing and so observant of the slightest things in prison and human life when it would be so easy to neglect it and "go with the flow". have you always possessed this skill i wonder?? or has it been something only recently (as 8 or so years can be) discovered upon incarciration??
i am also wondering if you have had some type of attitude adjustment after spending so much reflective time in the clink in relation to your crime and sentancing?? or have you always been so honest and fair in relation to these matters??.
i thouroughly enjoy your writing and descriptions of every day life and i certainally imagine it to be a fair warning to those treading the criminal path to possible imprisonment. BEWARE! i wish you the best that i possibly can in proportion to whatever unknown crime you may of committed, as you sound as if you have tried to turn your life around and make yourself a better person. congragulations on succeding so far. shall continue reading your continuing blogs with interest and one day hope to stumble upon the answers to my questions. thankyou.
 
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I have not read all of your blog, but what I have read was interesting yet still lacking something I would like. I would like to hear more about your thoughts, not just thoughts on the daily grind, but thoughts of what goes on with you and others outside the walls of prison I guess?? Does this make sence, I guess I'm asking for a more emotional or insightful look into what prison life is like. Is it hell?? Is it just doing all these certain things at certain times that make it hell? I know this is trite, but how does it make you feel??
 
I have not read all of your blog, but what I have read was interesting yet still lacking something I would like. I would like to hear more about your thoughts, not just thoughts on the daily grind, but thoughts of what goes on with you and others outside the walls of prison I guess?? Does this make sence, I guess I'm asking for a more emotional or insightful look into what prison life is like. Is it hell?? Is it just doing all these certain things at certain times that make it hell? I know this is trite, but how does it make you feel??
 
Ouote from Pete: "Also, one must be aware of those areas others might assume you are capable of handling, but in fact you are not. One only has to look around the prison to find lots of people who have plenty of usefulness if someone would take the time to find the "place" each of us unique individuals fits in."

Look for a fun science-fiction book by Robert Asprin called "Phule's Company". It's very much about what you're thinking here. (Admittedly it presents a bit of an idealistic storyline, but it's fun anyway - and if I were king it would be required reading for anyone in going for a management degree.)

I doubt you suffer from "A.D.D." - that's just a made-up disorder for idiots to call smart people who bore easily from tedious crap. Children are SUPPOSED to be a little "hyper" - they're CHILDREN, for God's sake. Smart people lose attention quickly because (consciously or subconsciously) they're BORED. In the long run, "medical science" of this nature will be overthrown (with any luck).

Hang in there, Pete.

-J
 
Then again, I could be entirely wrong about the whole "A.D.D." thing. Seems that I never pay attention long enough to learn everything.

-J
 
<<< I doubt you suffer from "A.D.D." - that's just a made-up disorder for idiots to call smart people who bore easily from tedious crap. Children are SUPPOSED to be a little "hyper" - they're CHILDREN, for God's sake. Smart people lose attention quickly because (consciously or subconsciously) they're BORED. In the long run, "medical science" of this nature will be overthrown (with any luck). >>>

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is completely wrong.

I suffer from ADHD. I'm actually one of the text book cases for Toronto's Sick Children Hospital because my case was so severe.

I'm 29 now, and I've been living with it all my life. When I was going to school I had to take 7 or 8 ritalin A DAY in order for me not to go completely berzerk.

By berzerk, I mean flipping over desks, talking constantly, beating up other students and basically a whole range of activity that would get me instantly kicked out of class, if not school. That hardly classifies as a 'little hyper'.

One of the things that I learned along the way (because Doctors were always way behind) is that caffeine would calm me down. We later discovered that it has to do with blood flow and neuron activity in the brain. So basically stimulants have the result of calming me down, depressants have the result of a stimulant.

Quick case in point -- the first time I ever had surgery, when I woke up they had to tie my hands and feet to the bed because when I woke up instead of being groggy I was completely off the wall.
 
I just wanted to offer some information on ADD/ADHD. So far , there is absolutely no clinical testing to support that this disorder exists. It really is just a catch all for a group of symptoms. If you would like more information on this disorder , please email me.
 
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