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What do you do for a living?

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I am an RN in an Adult ICU, day shift, full-time. Sometimes it's a struggle to concentrate when it's busy.

What type of work do you do?

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I work as a preschool teacher during the day and nanny at night. I usually work 14 hour days and keep going by taking naps throughout the day. One when my class naps, one on my lunch break, one after my full time job, one while I have a co-worker cover for me on the playground, one while putting kids I nanny for to bed...I have learned to be creative. Meds don't work for me, naps do. I'm single and have a 17 year old son so I have to work a lot to pay the bills.

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Hi there! I am currently on dissability, but prior I worked for years as an insurance adjuster, then a private investigator and mostly as an office administrator. I think I lasted so long prior because I was a Queen mulitasker and it would divert my attention enough that I didn't have to concentrate on any one task for long periods of time. My last job did me in though, long commute (2-3 hours a day) and very stressful managers, etc. and alot of stressful co-worker situations. I finally just got tired of being tired all the time and could feel that it was getting worse. I assume because of my weight gain over the years it was sleep apnea and was shocked when they came back with Narcolepsy. I tried all the medications that my neurologist knew of and my body could tolerate not one of them for any amount of time. I ended up going into depression and kind of having a breakdown and decided that I had to quit in order to ensure I got enough rest. I literally felt like I was dying. Raising a family and working 40 plus hours a week in a highly stressful job just made my symptoms so much worse. Now that I have been home I can tell the difference between making sure I get rest during the day and how I operated on auto-pilot before. I am still amazed that I never caused a car accident all those years that I worked fulltime and then some. Anyway, I miss working and I commend the woman who said that she works at a daycare and then as a nanny at night, I can't imagine having to do all that and deal with this disorder on top of it! I am glad for this forum, I hope to learn alot from all the veterans on here and future members.

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hi - i'm quite senior at a big PR agency but only work 3 days a week because I have a young child. In previous jobs i've found it really hard to hide my sleepiness and to maintain concentration. I always thoguh it was just down to phases in my bipolar, but was diagnosed with food induced cataplexy earlier this year. all kinds of random food and drink was triggering it so it became impossible to hide. All my coworkers know about it now, and some of my clients. i'm a few months into to new meds regime - with effectiveness a bit patchy, some days I have no probs at all, but today i can't keep my eyes open. Hard when I'm surrounded by a young team who are always asking me questions. At home my daughter is used to me napping.

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I'm a full-time college student (taking 17 credits this semester). In May, I will have earned my B.S. degree, and afterwards I plan to go on to graduate school for a M.S. degree in physician's assistant studies, specializing in sleep medicine. I hope to become certified between now and then as a polysomnograph technician. During the summers I work quality control in a canning factory from 7pm-7am, 7 days a week.

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I am an Administrator for a medical Company. And Thanks to Dr. Scott Perrino in Tampa I can do my job better than before! :lol: :wink:

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I work as an accountant. I am on the computer most of the time. Daytime drowsiness is a challenge. I work for four different employers so I move around between employers during the day and I am able to nap in between. I don't take meds so some days are harder than others. I am 57 and plan to work 10 more years. I am aware that less time on the computer may help with the drowsiness and I am interested in the substance abuse field. So I am taking courses as we speak and attempting a career change. Then my workday would involve some computer and some interaction with people and maybe more physical movement to mix it up- time will tell.

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I've just finished my Masters, and am working for DLP of Texas Instruments as an engineer.

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I work in a children's unit (ages 4-14) at an acute psychiatric hospital as a RN. I graduated from nursing school 2.5 years ago and was not diagnosed with narcolepsy at the time. 9 months after graduating nursing school I finally found out what was wrong all those years....

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I've been on disability for the past two years. Prior to that, I was a geek at a large Monopoly in Redmond Washington for 13 years. I guess I am still a secret geek, though not nearly as geeky as before.

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I have been working in preschool since I was 17, currently I am an Infant Program Supervisor and have had Director and Assistant Director positions.

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I'm currently a second-year college student, majoring in History and Secondary Education with a minor in French. I should seem pretty obvious where I'm headed with my studies.

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Snubbed by SSI, I am Your Sleepy AVON Lady. We just lost our home. I went through the whole SS Disability process, even with a lawyer. SS did agree that I am too disabled to work, but I was 2 work credits short for SSDI, and my husband made $200 too much gross for SSI, which is still based on the cost of living figures from 1970's!!! It is very frustrating having severe narcolepsy, fibromyalgia, and RA, not having enough money ever to even buy necessities.

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Last june I graduated with a BA. Two weeks ago I got hired on as a pharmacy clerk and soon to be a pharmacy tech. In a year I hope to start taking classes to become a nurse.

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I'm a legal secretary. I work from 7 am to 5 and take a two hour lunch so I can nap after eating. I love my job and get depressed thinking about not being able to work. I know it's just a matter of time.

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I am a courier, PT early am hours when I am at my best.

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I work as a manager with a major retailer and I work Mon-Fri 8-5. I used to work 7-4 but found it extremely difficult to get up at the earlier time due to my insomnia at night.

I have dreaded having the "nap" conversation with my boss. I think I am going to rework my office to make it easier to accomodate a place to sleep on my lunch hour.

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I am a Coordinator for a financial company supporting about 200 people. I have ALWAYS had a hard time staying awake on the job. Before I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy, I thought there was something wrong with just me. I didn't understand why I was always so tired and had no energy, and other people didn't seem to have a problem. In June 2007, after I was diagnosed, I had a valid reason for being so tired. I made my supervisors aware of my disorder, but have not gone into great details. There are days that I have to take 20-30 minute naps. I am wondering if I should present something to them in writing or some kind of documentation from my doctor stating my condition and that there will be times when I need to take naps? Does anyone have thoughts on how I should handle this?

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My Dr. told me he would give me a nap note but I find it easier to work 2 pt jobs this way I can sleep as long as I want in the afternoon. My 1st job is early Im up at 5:30am and back home by noon. I really dont think I could do it any other way...in fact I know I couldnt.

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2tiredalways- thanks for the info. I spoke with my doctor and he said he would give me a letter to give to my work. I know what you mean when you say that you know you couldn't do it (the working part). I told my doctor that it was a good thing I could ride to work with friends, because if I had to drive, I couldn't do it, I would have to go on disability. I do drive to work when I absolutely have to, but the commute is pretty far and I have a difficult time staying awake especially driving home. The medication helps, but the overwhelming need to sleep is greater.

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Hey..No Problem. So many of you have helped me in so many different ways its nice to help someone else.

Good Luck to You:)

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I am a graphic designer. Unfortunately I was laid off and am not working at the moment. I am looking for work and hopefully will be working soon :) My passion is photography so I do that on the side as well.

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I am am clerical in a small office....7.5 hours a day and I have an office I can sneak away to for a quick nap whenever needed! Lucky!!

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I'm an editor - one of the worst jobs a PWN can have, if you ask my neurologist. I have to admit, it is incredibly difficult to read and write all day. Fortunately, my days are often broken up by meetings and non reading/writing tasks. The time up, away from my desk always helps. I also have an incredibly understanding editorial team. Since my diagnosis (about 3 months after I started at this job), I've been very upfront with everyone about what I'm dealing with. I've found that educating them has helped make my working environment more supportive of my needs.

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