This episode was a restitution narrative because the young men suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were trying to restore normal functioning and improve their health. The three young men suffering from TBIs was Adam, Donnie, and Neil. The young men were very social and outgoing before their accident, but after the accident had trouble with communication, coordination and motor skills. Adam was a drummer before his motorcycle accident. The sick role and responsibilities allowed Adam to say inappropriate words and not be punished. Adam’s TBI caused him to obtain capgras syndrome, which cause him to believe that the world around him is an illusion. Adam’s neurologist performed brain mapping to view Adam’s brain activity, which revealed that Adam’s brain activity is improving. Donnie engaged in drugs and alcohol, which caused his car accident. After the accident, clinicians believed that Donnie would reside in a nursing home for the rest of his life. Eventually, he was able to go home and attend a community college. Donnie spoke at the Brain Injury Association to attempt to modify the behavior of people that obtained DUIs. The sick role allowed Donnie to take his physics test alone and have more time to complete his exam. Neil was very spontaneous before his car accident. After the accident he was put in a medically induced coma and had a portion of his brain removed. Neil went to physical therapy to improve his motor skills. Neil social life was diminished by the accident, so he joined a social therapy group for TBI patients.
Illness narratives are very essential to patients, family, and caregivers. According to the lecture, illness narratives can help patients understand and become more comfortable with their illness. Neil showed the importance of illness narratives because after joining the social group he became empowered.