The True Life video that I chose to watch was about Narcolepsy and Cataplexy. First Narcolepsy is a sleepiness that usually occurs in boring, inactive situations and is partially relieved by motor activity and mental stimulation. (Desforges 1990). In the clip the young ladies that were interviewed slept and random times of the day and long times during the night causing them to miss a whole days of work, or any interaction with the people around them. Along with Narcolepsy the common symptom to come with it would be Cataplexy which is a disorder when the affected has muscular weakness usually brought on by excitement or emotion (Desforges 1990). With the two cases that I watch, if the ladies were not falling asleep or sleeping for a long period of time, the time they were awake the little laugh at something can trigger their Cataplexy. It was either sleep or falling out without being able to use your muscles for a period of time with these ladies and it was something that they had to deal with on a daily basis.
One cause suffered using a restitution narrative where she was just diagnosed with her case four months prior to the show. She explained how if she could just get control of the situation how she would be able to react differently. Later she met with a health care professional who told her that her case of Narcolepsy and Cataplexy would only get worse from not on, and limiting her to things like driving, swimming and taking bathes. She was then using Chaos Narrative like the other True Life guest where what they did in their social life was disrupted by the illness of Narcolepsy and Cataplexy. The Girl that was recently diagnosed had to use the sick role to help her understand that she possibly does need to seek medical help but she really refused to take prescription drugs, but her being a minor her parents were the ones to make the final decision on that. The other woman who have been having the illness for over 10 years now used her narrative to explain to her boyfriend how her medication was helping her to try to live a normal life, on the contrary he thought otherwise and felt that it would be hurting her in the long run rather than helping the current situation.
Viacom International Inc.. “I Have Narcolepsy.” . http://www.mtv.com/shows/truelife/true-life-i-have-narcolepsy/1672872/playlist/#id=1672872 (accessed July 22, 2014).
Desforges, Jane . “Narcolepsy.” The New England Journal of Medicine323: 389-394.