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2012-03-12 10:55:13 PM
My girlfriend thinks I have narcolepsy. Our typical evening:

Her: "Honey, I had the *worst* day at work! Carol's deadbeat boyfriend said on Facebook that her cousin Vicki is a slut, and then the computer went down, and then Gina brought in Girl Scout cookies, and then Robin said..."

Me: "ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ"
 
2012-03-13 12:10:22 AM
Not a relationship for the faint of heart.

Thank you! I'm here all week!
 
2012-03-13 01:05:53 AM
If you were super close with someone, I could see narcolepsy being kinda entertaining. If they fall asleep, just getting in all sorts of weird poses and see if you could make them laugh.
 
2012-03-13 01:06:15 AM
As an insomniac I have only two words too add to this thread.

fark you.

That is all.
 
2012-03-13 01:09:29 AM
That greasy feeling in your anus is just a side effect.
 
2012-03-13 01:10:38 AM
Going to bed now.
 
2012-03-13 01:10:39 AM

amidoinitright: As an insomniac I have only two words too add to this thread.

fark you.

That is all.


Came here to say this.
 
2012-03-13 01:12:55 AM
FTFA: When I started to feel faint around Nathan, I knew I must be falling for him, even though I didn't want to. He has a girlfriend, and I'm still reeling from a terrible divorce. I tried so hard to act like he was just another friend. But my brain had other ideas.

I guess subby was dead on with the headline.
 
2012-03-13 01:15:58 AM

amidoinitright: As an insomniac I have only two words too add to this thread.

fark you.

That is all.


t2.gstatic.com

/oblig
 
2012-03-13 01:16:29 AM
And this disease, for its irritations, can be a pretty good barometer of my behavior. When I faint on men, I know that I'm trying too hard. When I started to feel faint around Nathan, I knew I must be falling for him, even though I didn't want to. He has a girlfriend, and I'm still reeling from a terrible divorce. I tried so hard to act like he was just another friend. But my brain had other ideas.

Awkward... Will there be a part 2?
 
2012-03-13 01:18:26 AM
I do the same thing as the author, only its farting, not fainting.
 
2012-03-13 01:20:52 AM

vernonFL: My girlfriend thinks I have narcolepsy. Our typical evening:

Her: "Honey, I had the *worst* day at work! Carol's deadbeat boyfriend said on Facebook that her cousin Vicki is a slut, and then the computer went down, and then Gina brought in Girl Scout cookies, and then Robin said..."

Me: "ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ"


And yet, you're intensely interested in Fark. Honestly.... read the comments with a critical eye. Why are they any more interesting than that?
 
2012-03-13 01:21:33 AM
Somebody shiats on their keyboard and it gets a greenlight?
 
2012-03-13 01:23:25 AM

chitownmike: Somebody shiats on their keyboard and it gets a greenlight?


1. Step away from the PC.
2. Go to the kitchen.
3. Locate your box of Wheaties.
4. Throw it away -- someone has pissed in it.
 
2012-03-13 01:26:33 AM
wait so this is like the fainting goats type of narcolepsy?

Or its human analogy, Cataplexy?
 
2012-03-13 01:36:58 AM
If you pass out, is it cool if I start licking your crotch?
 
2012-03-13 01:46:52 AM
A friend of mine in college used to date girls that would always pass out in his apartment, bunch of narcoleptics...

/yeah it was roofies
//got expelled but never went to jail, none of the girls ever brought charges (he is extremely good looking)
 
2012-03-13 01:52:11 AM
www.alicia-logic.com
Just don't order the soup, she can drown.
 
2012-03-13 02:05:20 AM

spicorama: A friend of mine in college used to date girls that would always pass out in his apartment, bunch of narcoleptics...

/yeah it was roofies
//got expelled but never went to jail, none of the girls ever brought charges (he is extremely good looking)


OK, so now we find the razor's edge that separates narcolepsy jokes that are silly from narcolepsy jokes that are downright creepy. The line: that pretty much crossed it.

But let's not let distracted by creepy roofie guy. Did anybody but me mentally envision a Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore (or equivalent couple from the current brat pack) romantic comedy while reading TFA? Something on the order of Fifty First Dates, but with the female lead passing out all the time instead of forgetting everything. Call it "Wake Me Up To Say I Do" or something. Lots of potential for hijinks as the girl tries to hide her affliction from the cute male lead, with help from her friends and maybe some conflict from an ex-girlfriend trying to break the two of them up by exposing the girl's weakness.

Yeah, I think that could work. Call my agent. Let's get a script started. Or screenplay. Whatever they call it.
 
2012-03-13 02:11:25 AM

the_chief: If you pass out, is it cool if I start licking your crotch?


www.zap2it.com
Um, if you did it, sir?
 
2012-03-13 02:14:40 AM

tillerman35: spicorama: A friend of mine in college used to date girls that would always pass out in his apartment, bunch of narcoleptics...

/yeah it was roofies
//got expelled but never went to jail, none of the girls ever brought charges (he is extremely good looking)

OK, so now we find the razor's edge that separates narcolepsy jokes that are silly from narcolepsy jokes that are downright creepy. The line: that pretty much crossed it.

But let's not let distracted by creepy roofie guy. Did anybody but me mentally envision a Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore (or equivalent couple from the current brat pack) romantic comedy while reading TFA? Something on the order of Fifty First Dates, but with the female lead passing out all the time instead of forgetting everything. Call it "Wake Me Up To Say I Do" or something. Lots of potential for hijinks as the girl tries to hide her affliction from the cute male lead, with help from her friends and maybe some conflict from an ex-girlfriend trying to break the two of them up by exposing the girl's weakness.

Yeah, I think that could work. Call my agent. Let's get a script started. Or screenplay. Whatever they call it.


Narcoleptic, narcoleptic... Who would be a funny narcoleptic? She could be a stripper? too risque for PG-13... Oh! Oh! she has a radio show! It's hilarious, she's always passing out and they run commercials! Comedy gold...
 
2012-03-13 02:14:45 AM

tillerman35: spicorama: A friend of mine in college used to date girls that would always pass out in his apartment, bunch of narcoleptics...

/yeah it was roofies
//got expelled but never went to jail, none of the girls ever brought charges (he is extremely good looking)

OK, so now we find the razor's edge that separates narcolepsy jokes that are silly from narcolepsy jokes that are downright creepy. The line: that pretty much crossed it.


Let's see how close we can get to that edge without going over.

Narcoleptics: dating fodder for skittish necrophiliacs
 
2012-03-13 02:22:16 AM
Yeah, I've woken up in Ohio, Amtrack, Greyhound and once, Wallstreet on a Sunday morning.
Used to sleep in the Hotel Chrysler on occasion too.
Then I quit drinking.
Life's a lot less interesting. More stable though. If you're into that sort of thing.
 
Skr
2012-03-13 03:54:10 AM

tillerman35:
Yeah, I think that could work. Call my agent. Let's get a script started. Or screenplay. Whatever they call it.


Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo kinda touched on that dating of a Narcoleptic. So it would fit perfectly into a Sandler.... zzzzzzzz
 
2012-03-13 04:51:17 AM

Enigmamf: wait so this is like the fainting goats type of narcolepsy?

Or its human analogy, Cataplexy?


According to the article, she has narcolepsy combined with cataplexy.
 
2012-03-13 06:58:24 AM

amidoinitright: As an insomniac I have only two words too add to this thread.

fark you.

That is all.


CSB: Narcoleptics often have long periods of insomnia and SOME narcoleptics have insomnia fulltime. Narcolepsy is primarily defined by completely farked up REM sleep (specifically farked up) and cataplexy, and everything I've read says narcoleptics, on average, sleep as much as normal people. Some sleep way more, and some have insomnia. As a narcoleptic who has spent most of my life being unable to get ANY sense of rest from sleep who is now also suffering from killer insomnia that not even GH-farking-B (Xyrem) can ease for more than an hour, fark YOU.

CSB 2: Not 100% sure what that lady was describing in TFA is cataplexy? But if it is, I've had more cataplexy episodes than I realized. Ears ringing isn't something I've heard described often by other narcoleptics but since my narcolepsy got really bad, I've had about 4 really bad episodes where I almost collapsed where I felt sick, my ears rang, and everything felt thick and slow and weird. Each time had to sit down with my head between my hands and focus on breathing. They stopped when I started Xyrem, which treats cataplexy.
 
2012-03-13 07:08:00 AM
Guess I should add that I'm way lucky compared to that lady since my cataplexy has never consistently been triggered like some narcoleptics. I'll take soul-crushing exhaustion that sleep barely alleviates over passing out every time I feel a particular emotion, especially something happy.

First episode of cataplexy I ever had was triggered by laughing. Face just suddenly felt too tired to smile anymore and went completely slack. I was in the car so I turned and looked out the window so no one would notice. Weirdest feeling ever. It would suck if that happened all the time. I imagine people would think I'm a total jerk.
 
2012-03-13 07:54:39 AM
HEY! Maybe that's it!!

All the women who have fallen asleep while having sex with me, it was because of narcolepsy and they were just so over excited by my performance.

That explains it.

/so ronery...
 
2012-03-13 09:28:22 AM
I actually swoon, like a modern-day version of the vapors.

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Kelly: "And then what happened?"

Arthur: "I knocked the barbeque out of her hands, bent her over the porch railing, and said I'll give you more than vapors!..."

Carrie: "ENOUGH!!!"


Saw that episode last night and my jaw about hit the floor.
 
2012-03-13 09:41:34 AM
She's living with the guy and has not told him about her problem? Hmmm.
 
2012-03-13 10:20:41 AM

amidoinitright: As an insomniac I have only two words too add to this thread.

fark you.

That is all.


I have narcolepsy, and believe it or not, it is a lot like having insomnia. This woman's cataplexy is extreme, it takes something hysterically funny for me to collapse, but it happens, and you are not falling asleep when that happens. It's a lot like insomnia because when I go to sleep, I instantly get REM sleep, so even being asleep for an hour will feel like I've been asleep for like 5 hours. So you will find me awake at odd times, washing dishes and doing things with the hopes that I will be able to go back to sleep.
 
2012-03-13 10:29:02 AM

doloresonthedottedline: Guess I should add that I'm way lucky compared to that lady since my cataplexy has never consistently been triggered like some narcoleptics. I'll take soul-crushing exhaustion that sleep barely alleviates over passing out every time I feel a particular emotion, especially something happy.

First episode of cataplexy I ever had was triggered by laughing. Face just suddenly felt too tired to smile anymore and went completely slack. I was in the car so I turned and looked out the window so no one would notice. Weirdest feeling ever. It would suck if that happened all the time. I imagine people would think I'm a total jerk.


Yeah, I have narcolepsy, and cataplexy is the same with me. The first time I ever collapsed I was like 11, playing with my older brother, and of course when I collapsed, he laughed harder at me and just made it worse. You're also correct about it being more like insomnia, something a lot of people don't realize. My ex freaked out the first time it happened, but I warned her about it. After that, she was always there to prop my head up. The only time people even hear about narcolepsy it involves extreme cases, but we're not like that at all. I even argued with a woman at the office I worked at who flat out told me she didn't believe I had narcolepsy. I told her she was more than welcome to call my doctor or look at the results of my MSLT.
 
2012-03-13 10:39:03 AM

chitownmike: Somebody shiats on their keyboard and it gets a greenlight?


You'll get over it.
 
2012-03-13 10:59:40 AM
Narcoleptics represent.

I sure as f--k don't feel faint or get the vapors around boys I like, but I have pissed off the SO when I'm about to nod out at inopportune times.

/nice not to really have triggers
//still f--king sucks when I'm at work yesterday and lose two hours and have to work my ass off for the next three to make up for it
 
2012-03-13 01:03:00 PM

Sensei Can You See: Not a relationship for the faint of heart.

Thank you! I'm here all week!


Thanks for the heads-up, Mr. Cook.
 
2012-03-13 05:00:31 PM
I knew a guy who maybe had narcolepsy of some type. If he wasnt doing anything he would fall asleep. We would go to lunch in a van with a very loud sound system. He would slump down after 1 minute of driving right next to a speaker blaring Black Sabbath at 100 decibals. If we ate lunch on the job he would be asleep in 30 seconds. I don't know if that fits the decription of the condition but we sure thought so.
 
2012-03-13 07:16:10 PM
Word up. I also recently got diagnosed with Narcolepsy w/Cataplexy. I had suspicions for quite a while about it. But yeah. It just farking sucks. And it farking sucks in a way most people just don't get. Spend all day exausted as hell then as soon as you want to go to bed it's just nothing. Can't sleep.

The meds are expensive as hell without insurance. I just realized from this article and thread more about cataplectic episodes. Have had both kinds. The heart pounding ear ringing slow tunnel vision that scares you to death. Got that from the Wii Fit.

Them had one at work where i just blacked out from the waist up. Had a Truck driver scared to hell about me when I came to God knows how long I was out.

There's almost a shame with the diagnosis too. Because of all the stereotypical bs that surrounds it. Stress makes it all worse. Emotional intensity is a mine field. And you're frequently fog-brained from exhaustion that is hard to explain or you just look like hell and your friends talk. Yanno.

I dunno what my point is. I have only been diagnosed a month or so, suspected it a lot longer. So guess I'm ramblin. If anyone ever wants to chat about it just shoot me a note in thread and i can give my addy. Good luck to ya all.
 
2012-03-14 01:45:16 AM
I tried to read that whole thing bu
 
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