Louis and Martin were badly injured in an automobile accident and they were being treated at New York City’s one of the biggest hospital. The other party had minor bruises and had a lucky escape from the accident. Still they were bombarding and were just waiting for Martin and Louis to come into consciousness. After 24 hours of hospitalization, they came into consciousness much to their families’ relief. When interrogated by the police Louis told that it wasn’t intentional, but he experienced a sudden blackout and couldn’t see anything in front of him and dashed the car. Soon doctors detected him with a neurological disorder called ‘narcolepsy’.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain, disrupting the regular functions of the sleep-wake cycle. Are you wondering what the correlation between narcolepsy and Louis’ mishap is? Narcolepsy causes extremely uncontrollable sleep attacks that one don’t have control on them. People with this neurological disorder can fall asleep at any time of the day and during any type of tasks they are carrying out. They experience these sleep attacks in the middle of the conversation, during having meals, working, or even driving. Thus, these sleep attacks can be proven fatal, especially when carrying out such tasks that require full concentration and complete alertness.
That’s what happened in Louis case. He suddenly had this irresistible sleep attack with loss of muscle control that made him doze off resulting in the car accident. When the loss of muscle control is experienced by Louis he did not have a control on his wheels and hence, he couldn’t do anything as he lost full control over his actions.
If you notice symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations in any of your family members; don’t just assume as they are fatigued or tired. Keep watching their symptoms and if you see those are frequent in nature; then they certainly have a problem.
Narcolepsy can be treated, but it requires time and long-term commitment as treatment may be prolonged. Since it is a neurological disorder and hence, the outlook of the treatment may differ than other medical conditions. Narcolepsy needs to be treated as it causes many ill effects. It can impair the quality of your life; ruin your social, professional and intimate relationships and if affects your mental health as well.
Those with narcolepsy struggle with remembering things, concentrating, disrupting in day-to-day life; it also threatens their and other people’s safety around them. Hence, narcolepsy cannot be taken lightly and need an immediate medical attention. Narcolepsy is treated with the help of medications, therapies and making some lifestyle changes.
This time, Louis luckily escaped death as well as penalty. Either he would have lost his life or the other party’s lives putting himself in a big legal trouble. Don’t take chances with your life; you cannot always be lucky. If you or any of your dear ones have these symptoms, rush for medical help before you lose a lifeline!