I registered just so I could ask this. I've been wanting to write a comic book lately, but for the concept of the superheroine I have to work, she would need to be narcoleptic. I really want to have your input on this, because I've found the usual sources to be lacking in how it feels to be narcoleptic, some of the lifestyle changes you have to undergo, and what friends and family usually do to adjust to it as well.
Be as verbose as you want. I'm looking forward to hearing your input!
Here's some information on her to help you know what I'm looking for.
- She will start out the story at 16-18 years old, when the symptoms are starting to come to a head. I know she'll be constantly tired, and in high school that can be easy to overlook. How will she/her family/her friends figure out that she has narcolepsy?
- Her family is fairly poor, but she does have a rich friend who is willing to help. What steps do people go through in diagnosis?
- Information on medication tends to swing along the lines of, "Oh my goodness it works!" What are some of the more subjective effects of certain medications?
- What are some of the social faux-pas other people might do around her? More importantly, how might the bullies of her school react?
- What will school administrators do when they're forced to deal with a narcoleptic?
- What are some activities she should avoid doing? What happens if she does them?
- What might wake her up from an episode? What happens if she's awoken? What if she's violently awoken?
- What are some things I might not have thought about yet, but which might be important to her story?
Oh, and one more thing.. is it okay if I post the information I get to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) so that other authors may also benefit from this information? Tell me in your post.