Vanessa - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
Hi everyone! I have to say that I am glad to see others with N. on here, but sad at the same time! I was diagnosed about 4 years ago in a strange way. My eye doctor noticed that the pressue behind my eyes was super high. He was really worried and we started talking about how I sleep. He asked about my waking up during the night and when I told him how often I woke up, he quickly responded that that wasn't normal...how was I to know?!?
I take provigil twice a day. Was on ritalin too, but as a teacher, it wasn't something I wanted to carry with me. I have a three year old and an 11 month old and teach high school full time. The hardest part for me is trying to "be a mom" when I come home from school and also grade papers, clean the house and spend time with my husband after the kids go to bed. My lesson plans are sometimes not the best they can be because I am simply too tired to make them better.
I find that many people think that N. is an excuse to say that you are tired. A lot of people reply, "well, I'm tired too." I don't know how to get people to understand that when they say that they are tired from not sleeping for a few days, that they have just begun to feel what our lives are like, but we suffer through it on a daily basis.
I feel like I have to remind people that I have N. at times, but then feel like they roll their eyes at the fact that I am using "the excuse" again. Have any of you had the same experience?