This is to vent more than anything else.
Please know I'm not against anyone on the streets....
I am a bit curious if others have experienced Cataplexy in this situation?
Being asked for change.
Each day, just about, I take a walk through the downtown of where I live, I buy a coffee and I walk home.
For years I've been sporadically asked for change, here and there, on the walk. Lately, there has been a major influx of people doing it, it seems. I have a huge heart and feel for all of them, but I do not have money to give out, I hardly have the money to buy my coffee; not to mention I have no money for practically anything, being I live with my Mother and don't have a career due to complex difficulties which some of relate to this disease.
It is a mix of emotions though which trigger the Cataplexy, some being understanding, frustration, relating, bitterness or annoyance (as it is every single day and the same persons it often seems).
I've collapsed over a handful, or two, of times in the past couple of years. I've frozen and had to awkwardly put my coffee down, before possibly dropping it. I've mumbled many times, 'no' or 'please try to remember to not ask me, I have a medical condition' (never has stuck).
In fact I just had a realization about why, in part, it triggers the Cataplexy; I don't want to drop my coffee...