April 25, 2013
I may not know exactly what it feels like to be a diagnosed narcoleptic, but through research and from fragments of personal experience, I was somehow able to piece together a fair jigsaw puzzle of a piece – the feeling of what it’s like to have narcolepsy.
Sleepy throughout the day, can’t sleep properly at night, random weakness of muscles from time to time and the even more hazardous dropping asleep at times throughout the day are common symptoms that make up a narcoleptic. Yeah, the list of the symptoms doesn’t sound promising, but don’t fret yet. Having “not-sounding-promising-symptoms” doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t have a promising life. Here’s how.
Don’t forget your medication
If you really have been medically diagnosed by a doctor, you are most likely to have been already prescribed medication. Most common medication for treating narcolepsy have been stimulants – medication that are aimed to keep you awake in order to prevent the random attacks of sleeping during the day.
Most likely, this symptom, being the most uniquely prominent for narcoleptics, is the most undesirable trait that prevents normal daily function. The way to get rid of that is medication. That’s the key. Although narcolepsy isn’t really completely curable, it’s still very treatable through maintenance. That’s why you should never forget your assigned medication.
A lot of narcoleptics will also count difficulty of having social relationships as a difficult stumbling block – a consequence of narcolepsy and not being able to function normally. Imagine a party or a conversation, and then out of nowhere, boom. The narcoleptic drops down; snoozing on the floor or with his head slumped down while on his seat.
Doesn’t really count as a social “plus” does it? That’s why you can’t go on meeting people and making friends and hiding your narcoleptic condition. Be open about it, talk to them so that they won’t be surprised and run in fear and confusion in your time of need. But in the end, the truest of friends will stand by your side, and wait until you wake up. Awww.
Don’t be an accident
Seems like pointless advice since accidents are really unexpected, especially if it’s a question of being one, but believe it or not, you can avoid being a danger that might cause more trouble in case you get an attack.
Well, if you’re prone to having random fits of muscular numbness and attacks of irresistible sleep at any given time without any warning signs, it’s best to keep away from activities that require full attention. Like driving, operating heavy machinery, being a waiter that serves expensive wines, or I don’t know… a surgeon or a barber. I mean, imagine having a sleep attack while operating on someone or in a middle of giving a haircut. Wow. You get the picture. Stay safe.
It’s not about being limited. It’s not being handicapped. It’s not about being special in a mental way. You’re unique like everyone else. In your own way, this is how you’re unique. Expect the best in your life. Be the best. However, be prepared for the worst. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go and enjoy life. Don’t let it be a hindrance. Life is still good. Sweet dreams!