I can relate to a lot in this post.
Biochemistry exhilarates me. I have spent entire workdays solely investigating Lysine metabolism. I’ve spent two and a half years (and counting) researching branched-chain amino acid metabolism. It makes my soul sing inside.
Even before I knew I was an Aspie, I called my “research” “diving down deep”. That was my term for it. It was–and remains–on my short-list of favorite activities. I would close my office door, the unquestionable signal NOT to attempt to get my attention. Even my staff half-jokingly found the following meme:
“Are you on fire?” Then, in flowchart fashion, it proceeds to split “No” from “Yes”. If “No”: “I’m busy.” If “Yes”: “Then put yourself out and wait patiently, I’m still busy.”
We got a good belly laugh from it, but we were also well aware of its pinpoint accuracy. They printed it out, stuck it in a page protector, and taped it to my door…
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