Dysautonomia is a general term used to describe a breakdown, or failure of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls much of your involuntary functions. Symptoms are wide ranging and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and perspiration. Other symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out (syncope), weakness and cognitive impairment.Autonomic dysfunction can occur as a secondary condition of another disease process, like diabetes, or as a primary disorder where the autonomic nervous system is the only system impacted. These conditions are often misdiagnosed. www.ndrf.org)
Now that you have a definition, here are the objectives of our game! Select your character (I'm always Yoshi so hands off!-- Dibs on him!) And we can get the game rolling! Basically you are playing on a giant board game, the path navigates you around the Autonomic Nervous System, and your goal is to help regulate the dysfunctional aspects of the ANS! Each player rolls a dice, moves the appropriate number of spaces and then after each player gets a turn, its time for (drum roll please) Battle mini games, and a chance to win coins so that you can buy your sodium filled and electrolyte packed beverages as well as your prescriptions so you can control the dysautonomia best you can and win the game!) After 20 turns, the winner of the game will be the player that has not only the most coins but the most powerade beverages (sodium filled drinks increase blood volume which helps prevent hypotension which is why most people with dysautonomia have a syncopy (or fainting spells!) But if you get low on coins and cannot save up enough to buy your sodium packed beverages and medications, you will experience a laundry list of dysautonomic symptoms that include:
The autonomic nervous system controls the “unconscious” bodily functions, such as heart rate, digestion, and breathing patterns. It consists of two parts: the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system can best be thought of as controlling the “fight or flight” reactions of the body, producing the rapid heart rates, increased breathing, and increased blood flow to the muscles that are to escape danger or cope with stress. The parasympathetic system controls the “quiet” body functions, such as the digestive system. So: the sympathetic system gets us ready for action, while the parasympathetic system gets us ready for rest. Normally, the parasympathetic and sympathetic components of the autonomic nervous systems are in perfect balance, from moment to moment, depending on the body’s instantaneous needs.
In people suffering from dysautonomia, the autonomic nervous system loses that balance, and at various times
the parasympathetic or sympathetic systems inappropriately predominate. Symptoms can include frequent vague but disturbing aches and pains, faintness (or even actual fainting spells), fatigue and inertia, severe anxiety attacks, tachycardia, hypotension, poor exercise tolerance, gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and tingling, and -- quite understandably -- anxiety and depression.
So if you'd like to try your hand to avoid this, I suggest you do your best and put your best foot forward in our
mini games to win those coins! But beware because the evil Bowser can cast an "episode" of these symptoms upon you at any time! That's right! Even when it is being well controlled, BAM! out of nowhere!-- A slew of symptoms can attack! Are you ready to play?
Mini games that you'll get a chance to try your luck at include (but are not limited to...)
Raking in the sodium!- each player controls their own crane type rake, and the goal is to rake in as many sodium tablets as you can! The gold ones are worth 5x as much and will give that blood volume a good boost to help that hypotensive state!
ANS Control switcheroo!- This game puts one player against the other three, as the one that is flying solo is in charge of the switch that controls the balance between the ANS two components- the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous system! His goal is to get the other three plays to become unbalanced and cause an episode of symptoms, while the other three players must work hard to stay up and keep their ANS functioning as normal as possible!
Try your luck- chance boxes!- That's right! Your a contestant on Toad's Chance box so come on down! Take
your chance- you have 5 tries to land on a Gold heart that will control your ANS for 5 turns during the game, an item any player with dysautonomia would be envious of! If you do not win the gold heart, you can still walk away with an item that could help you down the road, such as a powerade, or a blood pressure cuff, and compression stockings to help when your blood pressure dips!
These are just a few of the many mini games we have for you to test your luck at, and should I say gaming skills! So be sure to stop by your local gaming joint and pick up your limited edition copy of Mario Party ANS-limited edition!
Jolt-of-Java: "By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich"- Democrtitus