I'll get a chance to see what it's like part time for the next 4 weeks. I'm going to be teaching music at a senior school 3 days a week. So 2 days off a week, plus the weekend, to sleep and recover. Should be good, I think. All of my work is apparently set up for me too, which means less effort in that area. That could be good and bad... I actually am really enjoying using my brain in that way again, devising lessons, thinking critically about music and how I can share it with the kids I'm teaching, being creative. It's sort of like I shut down that part of my brain for the last 2 years and it's now being revamped.
What else is new and exciting is the amount of positive feedback and energy that I've been getting from everyone around me - students, teachers, family, friends, boyfriend... I cannot recall a time in my life where everything has been this utterly brilliant. It feels weird, and it also means that my brain seems to think this is something to be anxious about!! All those years of being afraid of new things, and now the new feeling is something fantastic, and still my brain wants to freak out!!! I sincerely hope this continues so that my brain can get used to everything being so amazing.
I'm so glad I've had this blog. It has actually helped me to be aware of my condition and its progress over this time. I'm not sure if there are any narcoleptics out there that read this, but I hope it's given other sleepy people a reason to feel like having a sleep condition is not the end of the world. It's ubercrap sometimes, but it doesn't have to break you down completely.
P.S. - If you haven't looked at it, or checked it recently, there are lots of very cute photos of sleeping animals in my 'Sleepy Gallery', with various miscellaneous facts about their sleeping habits, as well as some links to galleries of pictures. They're very cute!!!