About

Now a college grad and CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist), I’m figuring reality out one day at a time. I’ve gotten a crash course in what living with a chronic illness is like, as well as how to market myself in a variety of job sectors.

My love still lies in bringing about larger change through the benefits of individual recreation therapy. If more people could access things they enjoy, would we see lower crime?

If more people knew what they like doing for fun, would they be less likely to turn to drugs?

If they had the education to get a job that brought value to their life rather than stress, would they be giving back to their community through their hobbies, instead of needing more from the community just to survive? Could senior living facilities become community hubs with inter-generational activities?

Do we do things to be happy, or because we are happy?

Does it matter?

If it does, I think we’re going to need more Rec Therapists in the near future.

I hope to answer the questions above and more with this new turn I’m taking with this space. I’m a big-picture thinker; recreation therapy is a very individualized process. Yet I see lessons of it applicable in areas that no one else has considered (at least who I know). Would they all work? Nope. But nobody, including myself, will think to try unless I start sharing, and listening to, ideas (the good, the bad, and everything in between).

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  1. Hello, I ran across your article on the Mighty, the only one that had cataplexy in the title, lol. Just one. I was a bit bummed as Narcolepsy sucks but Cataplexy sucks bigger, at least in my life. Unfortunately, I have a host of other conditions one of them makes me have paradoxical reactions to meds, so the uppers for narcolepsy make me sleepy, go figure. So I’m an un-medicated narcoleptic and cateplexic mess.

    I liked your analogy of the spring and winter of cataplexy and I’m surprised to find someone else who has it last for hours because mine surely does. All the medical descriptions say it lasts second to minutes and I wonder what the heck is going on, why do I experience it for such a long time?

    I have two other odd things that don’t match with the typical cateplexic symptoms and would love your input. One is sometimes I will fall and have no awareness of what is around me nor a recollection of how I got on the floor, yet have the classic cateplexic symptoms. Like last night i felt it coming, I fell into my counter first and then walking back to my living room ended up on the floor, it was just me and the floor, everything around me wasn’t there, I was surprised when my husband came and picked me up as I had not returned to the living room. My voice was paralyzed, my mind was mush, and my body was a sack of potatoes. It took about an hour to come back to functioning.

    The other weird experience I had was I felt the episode coming on as I was typing on my phone i got sudden blurred vision and said something to myself out loud and I was slurring badly, I fell into the back door as I was outside and my husband again dragged me to bed. But my vision didn’t improve for ten days. My neurologist hospitilzed me checking for a mini stroke or high intracranial pressure which both turned out negative. Have you heard of this? A part of narcolepsy or cataplexy lasting that long?

    I was diagnosed the beginning of this year with Narcolepsy after a MSLT sleep study. But have had symptoms early in my 20s. I’m 32 now and it’s gotten ridiculously bad, most times i can ward off cateplexic attacks if I take a nap but if not I have them everyday or even after a nap. I can’t drive right now either as I fall asleep or some stupid narcoleptic thing happens. No one understands, this complex retarded condition.

    It’s just paradise riding in a scooter at the store and feeling drunk and acting drunk wrecking into shelves and having to be carried out by my husband, lol. Thanks for any insight!

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    1. Samroby84,
      Thanks for commenting, first of all. (: Second, you’re right about the low mention of cataplexy – I might mention it in one of my other articles, but if you look up narcolepsy overall it’s a bit sparse! Possibly because we aren’t sure of it ourselves (I hear people all the time say, wait, THIS weird thing that happens is cataplexy?)
      Third, I’ll try to give you some insight, but this is with zero knowledge of your situation beyond what you’ve said and also, I’m obviously no expert. If you aren’t already, I can suggest several facebook groups that have people with far more knowledge than myself! That being said, extended cataplexy attacks are known as status cataplecticus (yes there’s a name!). It’s exceptionally crappy. From what I understand, you can also go back and forth between SC and “typical” cataplexy. For me, that would explain one particular incident where I was on the ground for over 4 hours… I wasn’t absolutely paralyzed the whole time, it was more like waves where I’d get my arms back/upper body for a few minutes, and then I’d be back laying down for another 30 minutes.

      I’ve also heard of someone (on one of the Facebook groups I referenced) who had SC/cataplexy to some degree for several days, so I imagine what you experienced with your eyesight could possibly be an extreme version of that? I also have not personally experienced or heard of losing awareness when entering cataplexy… though there were multiple times while I was in college that I could tell I was going to have a cataplexy attack and still be a 20 minute walk from my dorm. In some of those cases, I actually don’t know how I got back to my room. I can vaguely recall counting my steps, and I know which way I *would* have taken, so I could argue that I *did* know what I was doing, but it was probably more repetition and muscle memory.

      I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago, but I’d had mild symptoms since 2009, so I feel you there (even though it took about half the time for me to be diagnosed). I don’t know if this is helpful at all, but keep on fighting girl! And if you want any of those Facebook groups, just let me know :)

      Take care!

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