Try Dating Me: I'm Narcoleptic
Meghan Holohan recounts the travails of dating with narcolepsy
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2012 2:11 PM CST
Narcolepsy can bring about sudden pauses in conversation, as seen here.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Falling for a man is one thing. Falling on him is another. But such is life for Meghan Holohan, whose narcolepsy first hindered her dating life when she collapsed on the cutest boy in grade six during Holy Communion. Holohan says intense feelings like physical attraction trigger her condition—and she is "intensely emotional," she writes in Salon: "Nothing is worse, though, than being around men I am attracted to. I actually swoon, like a modern-day version of the vapors."

She once fled a bar where she was flirting with a man and fainted on church steps. On another occasion she collapsed on a date and banged her head on a garage door: “I thought you were dead!” her date told her when she woke up in a puddle. Nowadays, she's dating a man who seems to understand when she makes a beeline for the sofa, steps on the dog, and falls fast asleep. "The fact that he’s so easygoing about it makes me feel closer to him. It makes my heart beat a little faster. In fact, if I weren’t already reclining, I might faint."