Need Help Acting a Disease infront of the class

  1. We have to pick a endocrine disorder and present it to the class like we have it, there is one nurse and one patient. So I got last pick in my class and I got Addisons Disease. Now I know what addisons disease is, your adrenal glands aren't producing Cortisol and Aldosterone. But I have NO clue how I could possibly make a script and make this funny and enjoyable for others to watch. Any Ideas?
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  3. by   roser13
    Have you googled Addisons's Disease to figure out what the s/sx would be?

    Not sure that it's advisable, appropriate or in good taste to make a disease presentation "funny and enjoyable." Hopefully those terms were not used in the basic assignment. If indeed they were, you could use your presentation of a serious condition as a platform to educate your peers as to the meaning of funny and enjoyable, and the conditions under which those adjectives are appropriate.
  4. by   Virtual
    I re-read my post and apologize, it shouldn't be funny but should be enjoyable or be simple to where everyone in the class can understand it. the Signs and Symptoms don't get me a starting point, high potassium,low BP, craving for salt, chronic diarrhea, weakness.
  5. by   roser13
    Certainly low BP, salt craving, chronic diarrhea and weakness all should give you a great starting point.
  6. by   netglow
    I will guarantee your instructor and fellow students are members of this forum... are you trying to fail this fun little homework assignment?
  7. by   Virtual
    I didnt ask you to do my homework for me, i was looking for a starting point.
  8. by   nursel56
    I wonder what the purpose of this could be.
  9. by   nccna
    If you are the patient, you should pass out when the nurse comes in to do orthostatic BP.
  10. by   tnbutterfly
    This thread has been moved to Nursing Student Assistance. It is quite appropriate for students to post here for assistance. Please refrain from unhelpful responses.

    Virtual, share with us what other ideas you have thought of.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Apr 23, '13
  11. by   psu_213
    You listed some of the S/S of Addison's. How do you think you could "portray" a patient with those issues?

    Something else to think about you try to develop you skit: who was the most famous (yes, who is "most" famous can be argued) American to have Addison's? Think politics.
  12. by   nursel56
    If the idea is to dramatize symptoms so that your classmates are able to identify the endocrine disorder they are associated with you'd have a lot of leeway to be creative with it.

    If the idea is to behave as a real person with the real disorder would it becomes more problematic because many of them are subtle, are unseen, or are of such a nature that they can apply to a number of disorders, such as lethargy.

    So the advice you get might be better targeted with a little more rounding out of what the actual assignment is. Best wishes in any case!
  13. by   Tait
    If you run with low BP, salt cravings, weakness, and diarrhea you could do a dinner skit. Your character could be at the table dumping an obviously large amount of salt on their meal while complaining about being weak and light headed all the time. Then your charcter could quickly excuse themselves to the restroom!