Dear Heloise: For the past several years, you have printed my letter, which has been a valuable resource for many of your readers.
You may remember me as the mother of six kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, all of whom faced so many challenges in school, during family time and in social interactions. Although there were days when I felt like giving up, I continued searching for ways to help my kids lead a normal, balanced life.
As a way to help those impacted by the disorder, my husband and I participate in ADHD Experts on Call, an informational hotline that provides families and caregivers of ADHD patients, as well as adult ADHD patients, the opportunity to speak one-on-one with leading experts such as doctors, nurses, patient advocates and parents like me who can help educate the public about ADHD and provide tips and strategies for managing the symptoms of the disorder.
Since you began printing my letters, we have received tens of thousands of inquires from parents, grandparents and caretakers who read your column "Hints From Heloise" and felt they had lost all hope in helping their children lead a normal life. Many calls are from adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD who are facing daily struggles, such as difficulty focusing at work or home, remembering meetings or appointments and finishing projects, just like my children.
ADHD Experts on Call is returning again this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The 2008 program takes place during ADHD Awareness Week on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to midnight EDT. The toll-free number is 888-ASK-ADHD (888-275-2343) or people can chat online live with an ADHD expert at www.ADHDExpertsonCall.com. While speaking with experts, all callers and Web chatters also can ask for additional free information about ADHD.
I only wish this program had been there for me when my children began to struggle with the disorder.Thank you, Heloise. I hope you can once again pass on this valuable information to your readers. Sandy Jones, via e-mail
Sandy, so many people young and not so young struggle with this problem! It's my honor simply to be the channel to spread the good news that help is available. Thank you and all the wonderful, caring volunteers who staff the phones! Heloise
Dear Heloise: I mark AC adaptors the moment I unpack them, by writing the name and model of the unit using a silver permanent marker. It shows up great on the black plastic.I also write "up" on USB connectors, like from printer and camera cables that plug into my computer. Sean Caras, Bakersfield, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I freeze garbage such as chicken bones, melon rings, etc., until garbage-pickup day. There is no guessing if the bag is garbage or not because I put it in the blue bags our newspaper comes in. Winney Yaun, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
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