I took my first dose of Xyrem 365 days ago TODAY. Am I better? YES! Am i still sleepy? Yes. About 2 months ago the reality of my narcolepsy set in: managing my sleepiness is, and always will be, something I work at every single day. You might think - “Well, yeah. You have narcolepsy. … Continue reading Xyrem Vol. 6: One Year
Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm trying to get into a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday publishing cycle, instead of posting at random times throughout the week. This is the second post in that effort. Do you have your people? The ones who help you reset and keep things in perspective? Over the weekend I went to my first narcolepsy support… Continue reading Community and Connection in Chronic Illness
“A hallucination is a fact not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.” -Bertrand Russell #tbt to #Cologne in May. I was rounding out my first month on Xyrem and experiencing (relatively) dreamless, restorative sleep for the first time in my life. The hallucinations only started disappearing more recently. Before diagnosis… Continue reading On Hallucinations
Did you know that ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are common misdiagnoses for sleep disorders like narcolepsy? Sleep disorders are a lot more subtle than a person falling asleep in the middle of a conversation, despite what we see in pop culture. People with sleep disorders, like myself, learn to adapt to our bodies… Continue reading How sleepy are you?