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#81 Kayra

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:37 AM

Oh, that's priceless. My mother cannot seem to find the word narcoleptic when she needs to and instead will often find herself saying, necrophiliac.

I told her she's gonna have to figure out how to get that right b/c I can't have that kind of stigma following me around.

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Dude that totally happened to me too except it was one of my best friends as well as a family friend.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:15 AM

Annoying things professors have said after I did my best to explain the condition

"You should really drink some coffee"
"Would sitting in the back of the room help"
"If you fall asleep you will fail this class, so I reccomend you drop it" (Week 2)

He also made fun of the fact I was sleeping and pointed it out to everyone. It's really hard to stay awake in a room basically set up like a movie theater with a teacher speaking in monotone about art history. It was also in the dark. D: Sleeping was inevitable. Also wasn't on any meds at the time. : (

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:57 PM

Some of these are just too funny! I found out last year that a coworker talked to my boss about her concerns, thinking I was on drugs! My boss told her that I can be on all the drugs I want as long as I get my job done. It's hilarious now but I was upset when I found out.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

So I was on an airplane about to land in an unfamiliar country and the flight attendant gives me

"Please destroy your Ritalin."

........huh!?!?

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:43 PM

Wow these are all so crazy! It's hard to believe that people can be so ignorant!

Through the years, I have come to hate when ANYONE comments on me getting up late, or arriving late. Such as "Glad you decided to join us!" or "Do you feel better now that you've slept the day away?" Because these were the most frequent comments my parents made.

I went to my Chiropractor today, and I told him that I'd just gotten a sleep study done and that Narcolepsy was suspected. He recommended that I go on a 2 week juice diet, to reduce the inflammation. I was like...seriously?

But I try to stay positive, and having people around me that are empathetic is truly amazing. My best friend lets me take naps on her couch and never even says a word when I just pass out on it. Lets me sleep as long as I want. And my boyfriend even tucks me in for naps :)

I also remember my high school math teacher, who I had for both Algebra and Geometry (Informal Geometry, which she let me take even though she said I was capable of doing regular). I would fall asleep in most of the lectures, and she still found time to help me during lunch when I had missed something (even though at that time I had no idea why I was so tired all the time and couldn't stay awake during most of my classes).

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 09:08 AM

Oh the absolute worst is the "I'm sooooooo tired." I wish they knew what it was really like, even for a day.

 

Yesterday, from my boyfriend I got "You're laying down AGAIN?" sigghhhhhhh

 

And what really drives me nuts which I get all the time at work, "you look exhausted." Why yes I am, and thank you or the heads up that I look like crap too.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:00 AM

Reading these posts makes me both sad and angry.  Sad for the people to whom they were said and angry with the people who said them - especially the teachers.

 

How can people be so ignorant in this day and age?  They'd never make fun of somebody in that manner for having AIDS!!!!

 

I'd talk to the dean or principals of each of those schools and set him or her straight.  If he or she doesn't listen, you don't want my dad coming down there!!!!  He's 75 but will still set you straight - whether you like it or not.

 

People just don't understand what it is like to wake up and feel just like you did when you went to sleep - tired - every single day....



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:15 AM

Eventually I got so bad that instead of say, eating lunch or running to the post office on my breaks, I would go into the break room and literally lie down on the table and fall asleep. My co-workers found me to be most "unusual" and many accused me of being a slacker even though my work was consistently finished and accurate. It took me 15 years to get properly diagnosed and while I was at this particular job I had dropped from cataplexy twice. Still, I was accused of being neurotic and/or faking it.

However, my favorite one-liner came from a doctor. I went from going to university, working full-time and playing on the NYState women's soccer and volleyball teams, to barely being able to function and once the doctor (and many others) couldn't come up with a definitive diagnosis and/or suggestion he said: "Perhaps you should join an aerobics class."

We all have our horror stories, but I'm not too interested in wasting any more precious energy on negative reflections, so I'll leave you all with my favorite family/friend one-liner:

"Narcolepsy? Well, that explains a lot, however it's quite frightening that we've consistently used you as the designated driver."

Of course the narcoleptic is the designated driver; why wouldn't she be? smile.gif

be well,
jenji

I agree entirely about being the "weird" one at work. I have been "unscheduled" for my pt job for over a month now because my "incident" at work (cataplexy) was declared a work injury with no injuries sustained.  Corporate has no slot for me to fill.  Thank you for the honesty, my breakroom existence has not been far from yours. I always got some insinuative statement like, "out late again?" or, "I'd get a new hobby if I were you."



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

Lately for me, it has been my boyfriend. I love him dearly but I swear if he says to me "Well, you just have to quit laying back down or coming back to bed" one more time, I am packing his bags. For me, the absolute worst part of my day is waking up. I am never more tired than I am first thing in the morning, on top of that I am beyond frustrated because I am late or have no recollection of getting up and turning off my alarm. Then he says that, regularly, and I want to face punch him. I am so hopeful that Xyrem fixes this for me soon.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:10 AM

not from work but from my doctor (of all people!)

"we are all stressed with all the technology and fast paced life these days take these Xanax and come back next week"

 

When I called after the first day telling her the Xanax had horrid side effects she told me to keep taking it (!) and come in for a "reevaluation" I had been seeing her for 4 months I saw a new doctor once got a referral to a sleep specialist and got quickly diagnosed. I kinda wanna go back and pull a "how do you like them apples?!"

 

my husband says he is still going to tease me for falling asleep on road trips (hes driving!) or really any mode of transportation. guess ill let him have his fun but no one else!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:48 AM

I have a number of sick days pre scheduled according to a work accommodation. On the day back after one of these sick days, during which I sleep or sometimes get caught up on chores (using the term 'caught up' very loosely) co workers ask me if I enjoyed my day off. Well, no. I don't get paid for them and I don't take them to enjoy myself. I have them so that I can survive having a job. Would they ask the guy who took a sick day because he was puking if he enjoyed his day off?

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:49 PM

My problem is not only the ignorance in the workplace, but my parents. I was diagnosed last year and now I'm 24 and they insist on telling me it's my lack of sleep or proper diet and excersize, it's frustrating, I'm on a strict sleep schedule and eat as healthy as I can. And still crave sleep all hours of the day. It's a never ending battle with them, at this point I just ignore the useless suggestions...

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 03:44 AM

I did an internship at a software development company and it was my first time doing nine to five. I was given an independent research project, to work on and i made a lot of documentation and prototype systems. I didnt know i had N, and doing nine to five with an hour commute outside proved more than i could chew- i resorted to five minute power naps at work to get through it all. On the last day we did presentations on our work and the response to mine was really positive. I had one of the managers offer me a permament position. Afterwards was a joke award ceremony. They gave me an award for being the best at getting away with sleeping away at the job. They showed a montage of me sleeping at my desk which several hundred people saw including the ceo which they found hillarious.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:21 PM

Dude, that's hella illegal. You could sue the *BEEP* out of them. I mean I doubt you want to, but still. Bull*BEEP*.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:40 AM

I just wanted to add something I hear a lot... I hear everything that you guys have posted... People try to tell me this sh!t everyday.

"Why are you so tired?"
"Maybe you should go to bed earlier"
"How many hours did you sleep?"

I love when they ask me how many hour I sleep... I tell them it doesn't matter how many hours I sleep I always feel sleepy, I could sleep 4-18 hours And still feel like I never effing slept.

"Well you didnt get enough sleep"
"Well you slept too long, they say if you sleep longer than 8 hours it makes you more sleepy"


I always want to punch people in the face because they say stuff like that to me or tell them to fck off...

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 05:11 PM

I always want to punch people in the face because they say stuff like that to me or tell them to fck off...

I know that feel...



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:01 PM

My all time favorite is- " I wish I could fall asleep that easily". Like me nodding off sitting in a chair at a computer or while talking to someone was a good thing. I spend everyday trying desperately to stay awake. The people that have said it over the years are trying to be funny but I don't find it funny at all.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:40 PM

"Maybe in a few years when things calm down for you, this will all go away and you won't have it anymore."

"I just need some time of so I can rest. I mean I didn't sleep well at all this week."

"Well I haven't had a good night's sleep in _____ years; at least this is new for you."

"If doctors failed to diagnose you correctly in the past, why do you believe them now? You probably don't have narcolepsy at all."

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:00 PM

I can live with all of the "you look tired" comments from people, but what drives me CRAZY is when I am on my feet, doing my job, and someone says "wake up!" I am doing a job that you can't do, if you think I am doing it in my sleep then leave me alone.