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I work full time at Hewlett Packard with an out sourcing team with my employer and go to school at night and online at my local junior college. My goal is to have my AA by Fall of 2009 in Accounting and to transfer to Sac State the following spring.

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I don't do anything. I used to be a concert lighting designer and engineer, I was wonderful at that, but once I quit the "drugs" part of my Rock n Roll life style, I have not been able to function properly. LOL. Who knew street drugs actually had benefits! (I'm joking of course! don't try this at home kids!)That was 8 years ago... I am on disability right now but I am hoping to find something that I can do at home to make a decent amount of money. $623 a month doesn't go far... I have tried college three different times and cant make it through even part time, Does anyone have any ideas for me? I'm totally stuck!

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I work with special needs children as a teachers associate during the day and I go to college at night time. I am majoring in elementary education. It's a real struggle. My day starts out at 6:00 in the morning when I try to get up for work, but I struggle with sleep paralysis, so I can barely pull myself out of bed, then I have to make it to work by 8:15, work until 4:00p.m., make it to school by 5:00 p.m. It takes all I can to stay awake in class. I get home on a good night by 11:00 p.m. and then try to study until 12:00 a.m. By then I know I'm only going to get about 6 hours of sleep. But I love my job and class are fun when I can stay awake. I only have a few years left!

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I work for the Army as a civilian employee doing public affairs. It's a very demanding job because we've been short staffed for a few years now. But I enjoy what I do.

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I am a college student. I am taking 16 credits this semester. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering. Staying awake in class is extremely difficult for me, but now that I know I have narcolepsy things are getting better. My meds are working wonderfully and I am excited to graduate!

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You all are WONDERFUL :D to say the least because you have the "strength" to work! :shock: You all should give yourselves a pat on the back!! My husband gave me the option many "moons" ago to work or stay home when we had kids, so I chose to stay home. I wouldn't give that up for a skinny minute, the time the kids and I had together, but I did got nervous several weeks ago when I realized that now that he needs me to work (and he has never said a word) I can't because I'm too sick...and financially I am the reason we are so in debt, well the major part of debt is my health. Tuitions for the kids and braces are next. Lv & Huggles--Beauty

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Hi everyone! I am new to this site and new to N. I was diagnosed about a month ago and it has been a rough start. I work as Pharmacy Technician and I love pharmacy. I've had to change my hours and stop taking on-call. I really love this site!!! :D

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Hi everyone! I am new to this site and new to N. I was diagnosed about a month ago and it has been a rough start. I work as Pharmacy Technician and I love pharmacy. I've had to change my hours and stop taking on-call. I really love this site!!! :D

Hi sleepysleepy, I was a Pharmacy Technician as well. I loved the Pharmacy more than I ever expected. I miss it but I will get back to it someday. My Husband has N and he works for the post office. Its nice to have another Technician who loved it. The ladies I worked with didn't enjoy the field so it made them cranky :wink:

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Currently a front-desk receptionist/admin.

Which means I'm supposed to be on time.

Doesn't work out too well.

Usually I have worked in manufacturing/distribution quality control type of jobs. Which I prefer because it keeps my brain awake (having to solve problems) and keeps my body awake (having to walk around)

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Currently a front-desk receptionist and admin.

Which means I'm supposed to be on time.

Doesn't work out too well.

Usually I have worked in manufacturing/distribution quality control type of jobs. Which I prefer because it keeps my brain awake (having to solve problems) and keeps my body awake (having to walk around)

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I'm a full-time 8th grade teacher and mommy to 3 young kids. Somewhere in there I find time to be a wife. I have Idiopathic Hypersomnia and unfortunately, naps don't do anything for me- the whole" unrefreshing naps" thing is me to a T! It's absolutely frustrating! No one close to me understands how I can sleep for 12 hours and still be sleepy. I don't understand it myself. :lol:

I doubt I'll be able to work much longer. I am not awake to visit with my children and getting up in the morning is cruel and unusual punishment!

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I'm a full-time 8th grade teacher and mommy to 3 young kids. Somewhere in there I find time to be a wife. I have Idiopathic Hypersomnia and unfortunately, naps don't do anything for me- the whole" unrefreshing naps" thing is my to a T! It's absolutely frustrating! No one close to me understands how I can sleep for 12 hours and still be sleepy. I don't understand it myself. :lol:

I doubt I'll be able to work much longer. I am not awake to visit with my children and getting up in the morning is cruel and unusual punishment!

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I am a full-time Pharmacy Student. I expect to graduate next spring. I love working in a pharmacy and working with people.

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I work at two jobs currently and will be sitting for the NCLEX-RN in about 20 months! I was diagnosed in the middle of my RN education, but I'm not going to let it define me! I only have mild cataplexy, but I have learned plenty of quirky little ways to keep myself awake in lecture. For now, I am safe on my feet! Have not had a sleepy spell in clinicals to date (knock on wood!)

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I'm a student...high school senior-soon to be biochem major :D. On weekends I often referee soccer and can stay awake well enough for that I think...no one has complained yet, other than the typical ref complaints ;). I also manage/design websites & forums, but that's a hobby, no money involved.

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I work for the state as a social worker that works with children in foster care. It is extremely difficult at times to avoide the sleepiness. I have a very stressful job that does effect my narcolepsy. I do take medication, because I have to drive often during the day. I tried to just take naps, but with my job it I don't always have time. As I get older, I feel the narcolepsy is getting worse. It does help to know why I am tired all the time, but narcolepsy effects all parts of your life.

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Before diagnosis I worked at a tanning salon. I worked short early evening hours and usually with another person. As people started quitting and no new people were getting hired I worked longer shifts by myself. Because I wanted the hours I would work Saturdays , all day 8am- 6pm by myself , with out breaks ( I don't know how my employer got away with that one) It would always be very slow until about 11. I would turn the door chime on super loud and sit back in the office with the light off and bring my pillow and sleep. It would be the most horrible jarring awakening when that chime would go off and I would stumble out of the office and have to help to people hahaha.

I stopped working for a year. I was diagnosed during that time. I got a job in an office for the school district. I had semi flexible hours, the later I could come in the better, but it became to much to have to work the 30 hours required plus school so I quit. I am lucky that I still live with my mom and my live-in boyfriend makes pretty good money and supports me.

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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.

Anders is a god! I too am in IT (Worked for the pharma molecule company for 16 years). Just recently I got "laid off" as the company thinks outsourcing to India is cheaper :blink: . My condition has been for the most part managable, but for the last couple years, I'd find myself waking up at my desk at least half a dozen times a day and dozing off in long meetings that I was simply a spectator for. As things have progressed, I am second guessing returning to IT because my attention span is getting shorter and shorter -- or should I say, my automatic behavior happens more and more frequently. Folks have admired my technical programming skills and have said countless times, "I bet you can code that in your sleep" -- uh, yup, if they really understood the truth! ROTFL OMG, some of my automatic code was funny to go back to, but soooo frustrating!!!

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I am a Medical Assistant, although currently not working. I have been in dermatology for 6 years and truly love it. I left my position in February and was told that I always have a place in the department. . . that was sweet. As soon as my treatment is effective enough, I will go back. Honestly, not working right now is I think worse for my N! I don't fight my naps, just give in and sleep for a long while. Although my sleepy clock has always been screwy, it's even worse now. And I find myself napping then waking up starving, eating, and then being so tired from eating that I fall asleep again. In 2 months, I have gained 15 lbs!

I also am a proud mother of 2 beauties, ages 3 and 7, a job in itself.

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Julie, did they make accommodations for you when you were there? I know from my year off of school before I returned that having something outside home to do on a daily basis has really helped. Sure, kids are a lot of work but you need to get out on a scheduled basis. I suppose that goes for everyone here. You may be to tired to do something now, but once you can get yourself past the hump (which can be a while, I know), it will help you. Just make sure you have an understanding employer and don't start out too hard! (You know, like pre-calc after a year off from math...)

Chris"Toph4er"

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Julie, did they make accommodations for you when you were there?

No, they didn't really know about my N. I mentioned it to my boss just before I left in a full out screaming match in her office. But she is not the one who wants me back. It's some of the physicians, and their above her head so I won't say where she can kiss ;) . I will be in another facility so as to avoid working for her. Technically, I left the department for a better position in August. It was this employer who thought I was a junkie due to my symptoms. When I left abruptly in Feb, I realized I can't work until the N symptoms lessen. I also hope to go back part time before jumping in to full time work again.

However, I will be informing them once I go back. Any ideas on when a good time to bring this up is? Do I have to tell them before I am hired? I'm not really sure how to put this to them.

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Julie, I would be honest and up front about the reasons behind leaving your job. If your prior employer had a problem with Narc, perhaps you could disclose it and assure your new employer that you have been thoroughly evaluated, dx'd and that you are receiving treatment. I don't see how they would disapprove of your candor. I CAN see how they would get frustrated they found out about the narc. later!

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Julie, I would be honest and up front about the reasons behind leaving your job. If your prior employer had a problem with Narc, perhaps you could disclose it and assure your new employer that you have been thoroughly evaluated, dx'd and that you are receiving treatment. I don't see how they would disapprove of your candor. I CAN see how they would get frustrated they found out about the narc. later!

Thanks for the advice. And I guess since I have worked for these docs before and they do like me I kin of have 1 up on the N!

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I work f/t in a small financial planning office. Then I go do my 2nd, main job - f/t single mom!!!

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I've worked for a Fortune 25 healthcare company for the last 6 years. For the first 4 I was a Trainer, and the last 2 I've been a Training Manager.

The stress from the level of performance required in the Management position was just too much with my N not being regulated yet, so it sent me out on 2 months of medical leave. Now I'm back working 75% of the time writing Documentation and Policies & Procedures. They also have 2 people doing the old job that I left!!

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