Sleepiness has plagued me all of my life but the same as everything else, I could never get a diagnosis. My first memory of it was when the school bus driver contacted my mother because he would have to shake me awaken me to get me off of the bus in the mornings. Looking back now, I realize that it was probably due to the large breakfast that I had eaten, as I did almost every morning. Things like Oats, Cream of Wheat, and all manner of wheat products from biscuits and gravy to toast.
I remember being sleepy almost all of my life, in school and then later in business meetings and actually falling asleep wherever I was. If I visited friends for dinner, I would pass out on their couch after eating. If the couch wasn't available, the floor was more than adequate.
Driving was a challenge as I had to pull over and sleep about every 50 miles, give or take a few. It wasn't a cat nap situation for the most part. Sometimes I would be better after and hour or so, but other times, I might not wake up for 3 to 6 hours.
At one point I slept for the better part of 6 weeks and then the doctor diagnosed me with EBV. I have always had low blood pressure and low blood sugar. But still after the EBV deal, I could not stay alert for very long at a time. My 18 year old son recently told me that I had been asleep ever since he had known me.
I was told that I was allergic to wheat by a nutrionist, later confirmed with allergy testing and then went gluten free. I am more awake now than I have been in years, but if I accidentally consume gluten, I know it almost immediately as the sleepiness comes back.
Needless to say, my house has been a wreck as things just didn't get done for so many years. Sleep was not an option, it was mandatory. I just couldn't stay awake.
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22 Jan 2008 - 05:16