Saw my sleep specialist again today, for the last time this year and until August next year!! Had a quick chat about stuff, basically saying that I'm doing good since I quit vet nursing and went back to teaching. She's pretty happy with that! She mentioned another test that I might have to do - an MSLT (something Sleep Latency Test) - which is like the opposite of the test I had when I was originally diagnosed. Instead of seeing what my brain does when I'm asleep, I have to stay awake and see what my brain does then. It's mainly (I think) to see if I sleep even if I don't know I'm sleeping, or how my brain copes when I have to stay awake.
Also talked about driving and my lisence. I have to renew it in October next year and when I do, I have to let them know that I have narcolepsy. Which is a bit crap, really. My doctor said it doesn't necessarily mean anything, it just means that I can get a lisence on the condition that I keep taking my medication, and that my specialist says it's ok, which she will. But I've been pretty responsible with my driving, I think, so I should be right. My doctor thinks I should cut driving down to the bare minimum, and on days when I don't take my Modafinil I shouldn't drive at all. I think I'll stick to the amount I'm doing at the moment and just keep being sensible about it. Bah. Being sensible at 26!!! What kind of a 20-something am I??
Anyway. It's all good. Summer heat is making it a bit harder to sleep well, but I'm battling through. Hoorah for holidays!!!
Merry Christmas to those who read this, and thank you for reading all this time too. It really means a lot to see that there are people who check in everyday. I don't know who you are (most of you, anyway)... but thanks. I hope I've helped in some way, or at least been entertaining. I will endeavour to make more of an effort on this next year... more challenges await (returning to teaching, taking on a Masters degree) so I'm sure I'll be hitting more sleepy hurdles along the way!!