You know you're dyspraxic when

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by clumsy_clara » Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:51 pm

When you go to pay for something in cash and realise you have left the cash you had previously withdrawn in the ATM!

When despite every conceivable effort there's always one room left in your house that is in total chaos being the recipient of stuff from every other room in the house!

When you open a web page and can't deal with the huge wall of text!

When your tunnel vision kicks in and your oblivious to everything and everyone else until you have achieved your goal.

When you are on a bus and have no idea where you are for a few seconds .. (very scary)

When you can't remember where you have put your internet password organizer!

Gotta love dysphraxia!

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Landskerlad » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:10 am

Seeing a friends car parked outside the shop, opening the door and sitting in the passenger seat, all the while being stared at by some random stranger who isn't actually your friend, and the car is a completely different make!

Having a fag break in work, closing patio doors on going outside, forgetting you've closed them and going "WHACK" as you hit them with your head

Sorting out old bank cards, you put the current ones in a seperate pile - You forget which pile is which and automatically slice the current cards instead

Forgetting which level you've parked the motorbike on in a multi-storey car park

Walking out the shop with a big box of coca cola, thinking you'd paid but actually hadn't

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Matt1988 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:00 am

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Matt1988 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:22 am

Tripping after taking one step or losing balance when standing still. This happens many times a day. Your left leg wanting to be your right leg and visa-versa.

Whenever you walk behind people you end up kicking them in the back of the foot.

Have to count money at least 5-6 times to make sure you haven't miscalculated and that your brain isn't playing tricks on you. Yes that was a 20p you just counted 2 seconds ago. Same with writing, you have to read it 5-10 times to make sure it makes sense or is the answer you want to give.

Haven't mastered the art of pouring a drink down your throat and swallowing in time so you have developed an irrational fear of choking every time you eat/drink because of this.

When you work a new job and get a rep within 10 days for being the guy who never remembers/always loses things and they always double check with you to make absolutely sure you have everything before going anywhere.

When the teacher says "you'd lose your head if it was wasn't screwed on".

In early school years when doing singing/dancing never being able to keep in sync with everybody else's actions.

Doing kick ups at football training. Attempting to kick it over your head and you proceed to smash the ball into your own nose and mouth.

When you walk out of the bowling alley still wearing bowling shoes.

You get stuck in the bus doors.

You make a shopping list on your phone. Get to the store and then realise somewhere along the way you have deleted the shopping list. You only remember two items from the list and forget mayonnaise.

You're perpetually off-balance when walking leading to close encounters with walls, doors, tables etc. When you stand up you put your arms out for extra balance like a tightrope walker would.

When you absolutely must write down exactly what you are going to say on the phone to someone. You will also write down what you think the other person will say including any random things which might pop up as part of an unforeseen meandering conversational strand.

When you write the second letter of a word before the first because it made sense before you saw it on paper.

When you mix up 'f' and 'th' sounds a lot, and it's embarrassing.

When at the school sports day running relay you were more bothered about not falling over like a drunken giraffe at the start line and remembering to tag your relay partner than running faster than the others.

When you miss the whole 'B' part of an exam and thus get nil pois for that section.

When you turn up to the wrong exam hall for your English exam.

When you are the only one in your Uni cohort to not realise that a particular unit had two assignments set. You blissfully spent months thinking that unit was over only to then get an email from your tutor asking where your second assignment was? You have no recollection of a second assignment being mentioned at any point during the year although it could have been when you were doodling for too long after the tutor turned up late on the first day.

When it takes you a month to get used to a new school timetable. You have four weeks of missing lessons, being in the wrong lessons etc.

When you blank and walk straight past classmates you see every day and then they bring it up later because their face doesn't look the same in a different setting.

When you don't recognise someone because they are wearing different clothes.

When people constantly tell you things you said or did the previous day/week and you think they're making it up.

When you write up a bunch of questions for a job interview. After walking and taking two subways you realise you don't have them, you also realise the subway was the long way round and you could have walked.

You still crawl on your hands up the stairs because it's quicker and safer.

When you could never remember which bus stop you're supposed to get off at even though it's the same one every time and your friends have to prompt you 2 minutes before you get there otherwise you'll start panicking.

When you are scared to go in shops because you are sure you'll make an idiot of yourself by dropping money or items, not being able to speak properly, forgetting to pay, getting the wrong item, forgetting change, not being able to give the correct money first time, not being able to deal with any unforeseen occurrence which you haven't planned for etc.

When you get given directions to a training centre for a new job and accidentally find yourself in a block of old people's flats. You knock on the door number that you were given for the training centre, get no answer and walk straight in only to find it's an old man's apartment and he looks terrified. You apologise and sheepishly walk out.

When you're in a foreign speaking country. You pay for your stuff at the store, it's all bagged up and then you forget you already paid, so you attempt to pay again and the woman at the til thinks you're a crazy person for offering more money. You leave wondering if you got ripped off but then realise you're just a klutz.

When in school, either lose bus money, accidentally throw it in the bin, accidentally spend it because you can't work out how much you can spend on lunch and still have enough for the bus home. When you didn't you have to find some lying around or borrow off friends or head of year. When you can't do this you walk 5 miles home.

Haven't mastered the art of pouring a drink down your throat and swallowing in time so you have developed an irrational fear of choking every time you eat/drink because of this.

When you work a new job and get a rep within 10 days for being the guy who never remembers/always loses things and they always double check with you to make absolutely sure you have everything before going anywhere.

When the teacher says "you'd lose your head if it was wasn't screwed on".

In early school years when doing singing/dancing never being able to keep in sync with everybody else's actions. This still happens.

Doing kick ups at football training. Attempting to kick it over your head and you proceed to smash the ball into your own nose and mouth.

When you walk out of the bowling alley still wearing bowling shoes.

You get stuck in the bus doors.

You make a shopping list on your phone. Get to the store and then realise somewhere along the way you have deleted the shopping list. You only remember two items from the list and forget mayonnaise.

You're perpetually off-balance when walking leading to close encounters with walls, doors, tables etc. When you stand up you put your arms out for extra balance like a tightrope walker would.

When you absolutely must write down exactly what you are going to say on the phone to someone. You will also write down what you think the other person will say including any random things which might pop up as part of an unforeseen meandering conversational strand.

When you write the second letter of a word before the first because it made sense before you saw it on paper.

When you mix up 'f' and 'th' sounds a lot, and it's embarrassing.

When at the school sports day running relay you were more bothered about not falling over like a drunken giraffe at the start line and remembering to tag your relay partner than running faster than the others.

When you miss the whole 'B' part of an exam and thus get nil pois for that section.

When you turn up to the wrong exam hall for your English exam.

When you are the only one in your Uni cohort to not realise that a particular unit had two assignments set. You blissfully spent months thinking that unit was over only to then get an email from your tutor asking where your second assignment was? You have no recollection of a second assignment being mentioned at any point during the year although it could have been when you were doodling for too long after the tutor turned up late on the first day.

When it takes you a month to get used to a new school timetable. You have four weeks of missing lessons, being in the wrong lessons etc.

When you blank and walk straight past classmates you see every day and then they bring it up later because their face doesn't look the same in a different setting.

When you don't recognise someone because they are wearing different clothes.

When people constantly tell you things you said or did the previous day/week and you think they're making it up.

When you write up a bunch of questions for a job interview. After walking and taking two subways you realise you don't have them, you also realise the subway was the long way round and you could have walked.

You still crawl on your hands up the stairs because it's quicker and safer.

When you could never remember which bus stop you're supposed to get off at even though it's the same one every time and your friends have to prompt you 2 minutes before you get there otherwise you'll start panicking.

When you are scared to go in shops because you are sure you'll make an idiot of yourself by forgetting dropping money, forgetting to pay, getting the wrong item, forgetting change, not being able to give the correct money first time, not being able to deal with any unforeseen occurrence which you haven't planned for etc.

When you get given directions to a training centre for a new job and accidentally find yourself in a block of old people's flats. You knock on the door number that you were given for the training centre, get no answer and walk straight in only to find it's an old man's apartment and he looks terrified. You apologise and sheepishly walk out.

When you're in a foreign speaking country. You pay for your stuff at the store, it's all bagged up and then you forget you already paid, so you attempt to pay again and the woman at the til thinks you're a crazy person for offering more money. You leave wondering if you got ripped off but then realise you're just a clutz.

When you regularly forget to return calls and texts and then wonder why people are worried or mad with you.
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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by screengreen » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:42 am

You forget that its a pay on foot carpark and have to ask you passenger to go and pay as this is easier than reversing :-)

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Firedancer1994 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:59 pm

You know you're dyspraxic when you put a pizza in the oven and then forget about it and when you remember about it it's burnt to a crisp. ](*,) #-o

You know your dyspraxic when you put the kettle in the fridge and the milk on the kettle stand. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by whitedwarf12 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:57 pm

You know you are dyspraxic when you go to work every weekend in steel toe capped boots because it will hurt less, even though you work in a library. Aim to get on the bus half an hour earlier than the bus you actually need because you know you will miss it. Get on the bus and realise you forgot to get change and get weird looks when you pay for a £1.50 ticket with the emergency £20 note you keep in your phone case. And then forget to remove the ticket from the machine. You rely on the fact that someone else will be getting off at your stop because you never press the button in time. Get off the bus and spend about 30 seconds just standing there deciding which direction work is. while putting books on the shelf you manage to knock the entire shelf of books on the floor and the customers help you pick them up because you keep dropping them. You spill coffee on yourself 3 times in tea break. Forget when you went on tea break and end up with someone looking for you because you should have been back 20 minutes ago. Go to waitrose to get lunch because it's closest, give the cashier the wrong change and wonder what the green token in your pocket was supposed to be for. Also everyone else has already finished eating before you get back. Have to ask the customer the price of the thing they are trying to buy because you can't remember it. Have 3 bits of paper in your pocket with passwords on but you can never remember which one you are supposed to use. Leave work and walk in the opposite direction to all your collegues despite the fact that you want to go to the same place. Get home and realize that you forgot to return the books you took with you even though you spent the entire day in the library.

Not all on the same day, luckily, but I have only worked there 10 days!

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Alchemilla_Al » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:14 pm

When you whack the kettle on the bottom of the cupboard it's under every time you pick it up because it's lighter than you expected.

When something tickles your foot causing you to jump out of the way and bash your head on the door.

When you drop something and instictively try to catch it with your foot only to end up kicking it across the room instead. :rolleyes:
Trouble with the trolley, eh?

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Re:

Post by pixiewithdocs » Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:47 pm

You know you're dyspraxic when:
Ruth wrote:
Like this? Ok not like that I'll try again
I am joking my darling :banana:

But you do know you're dyspraxic when someone's told you how to do something five times and you didn't write it down and you have to go and ask again...getting 'the face' ugh

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Tom fod » Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:56 am

Perfect example :evilb:
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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by michele » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:10 pm

Your kitten decides she likes the "fresh pet" pet food (which has to be kept cold), so while working two jobs and having little time off you go to the pet store sort out all thier expired packages and clean them out of the five days worth that are not expired.

You also go to the grocery store next door and get food and dish soap

The dish soap somehow spils all over your car so now you have the cleanest mess ever in your car, ruined food, and no dish soap.

To top that off you somehow you left all the pet food on the counter and had to toss it and since you have no idea how to find another pet store that stocks this or the time....no favorite food for kitty, wasted money, mess in car, wasted food and tons of lost time... and you missed an appointment to get all of that,done then have it all go sideways.

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by shadowgirl021 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:23 pm

When the person you are staying with, gets woken up by how clumsy you are, such as dropping knives and forks

And when you get on the bus and get so focused on giving the correct change (as you have it, yay) you normally forget your bus ticket. The bus driver has to remind you, as you are about to walk to your seat.

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by Yas » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:06 pm

You know your dyspraxic when you drop your phone down the toilet seven times in a year and twice in a week

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by redfraggle » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:43 pm

When your husband has to look after your travel documents when you go ANYWHERE as you can't be trusted not to lose them.

When you get so worried about being lost not only do you print out a google map you also use Street View so you an see what the roads you will be travelling down look like.

When despite reciting "phone, wallet, keys" several times each morning you invariably leave the house at least twice a week without one of these things

When you upend your handbag looking for your bank card and panic that you've left it in a shop, only to find it in the place in your purse when you's already looked 3 times.

When you have to walk back to the supermarket to retrieve your keys after realising you left them at the till whilst you were paying

When your bed has been in the same place for 6 years and you still smash your leg into the end of it on a worryingly regular basis

When your Husband calls you the human bumper car and actually takes care to guide you around people if you're out shopping

When you go to put a drink on the table, miss the end of the table entirely and let go of the drink anyway resulting in black coffee stains on a beige carpet.

When travelling to see the inlaws your Husband says "It's an early start and we're likely to be drinking lots of coffee - You might want o wear dark clothing" (Last time we went to see them with an early start I threw coffee all over a white jumper - Luckily the train was delayed by half hour and there was a Marks and Spencers outside the station so I had time to go and buy a new top)

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Re: You know you're dyspraxic when

Post by hobnobgoblin » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:31 pm

you know you're dyspraxic when... you restart a thread that's been dead for months...?

also when you bring a box of stock down from the stock room, place it at the end of the till counter go to serve someone and afterwards forget the box is there and go flying... when you manage to bang your head on the same thing twice in short succession because it isn't where its supposed to be and you can't get your head around the fact that it's anywhere else... ](*,) and then there's going to a shop and being slow to get all your stuff together at the till after you've paid and getting embarrassed because it takes so long but that makes things worse and finally the putting things off until the last minute, not being able to find a place for the last little small things when you're tidying up and having to try to explain yourself to people when things go a bit wrong and not being able too because you can't find the right words!!

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