The Tired Swimmer: A Case Study on the Nervous System by Allison Russo, Morgan Falk, and Phil Stephens Biology Department, Villanova University.
Part I?Meet Annie Annie felt despondent. Her team mates were being kind to her, but she knew that she was the reason that her team lost the swim meet against the neighboring college. How many people could lose with a four-second lead on the anchor leg of a ??-yard relay against someone they had beaten so easily last year? As she walked out of the locker room she noticed that the blurred vision and eye strain had returned, even though she was wearing glasses instead of her usual contacts. Maybe no one will recognize me with these on, she thought. Annie hated wearing glasses. Her eye strain had become worse over the past month. Over the last week she had had mid-term exams and papers to write and recently typing made her hands and fi ngers ache and they felt weak. Even swim practice, which helped relieve her stress in the past, had become taxing. Her coach noticed that her times were getting worse, even though he could see that she was working hard in practice. As Annie walked out of the locker room she looked up and she saw her boyfriend, Matt, waiting for her. He attended another college and had made a detour to drive her home for mid-term break. ?Th anks for driving all this way to take me home, Matt. I?m sorry that you made it early enough for the meet; I was really bad. I just don?t know what?s wrong with me these days.? Matt didn?t know what to say, so he smiled and took her hand. As they walked back to her dorm, Annie thought how nice it was to have Matt to support her during such a tough time. Annie was gasping for air and felt weaker than ever after they had walked up the two fl ights of stairs to her fl oor. She told herself that she must set some time aside next week to do something about this constant fatigue. Annie had already packed her bags for the trip home and Matt was able to carry all of her stuff to his car in one trip. When he returned to the room he found Annie lying on the bed with her eyes closed. He asked her if she was ready to go. ?Sure, just can?t keep my eyes open these days. I am sure I?ll be better when we?re home.? Matt knew that Annie liked to drive, so when they got to the car he handed her the keys. She tried to take them, but her fi ngers didn?t seem to work and she dropped his keys on the ground. Matt grabbed the keys and opened the passenger door for Annie. As they set off for home, Matt asked, ?Are you feeling okay? You?re not usually so exhausted after a swim meet, and you seem to be having trouble catching your breath. I am worried about you.? ?I have been feeling really tired over the past month or so, and I guess mid-terms took more out of me than usual.? The Tired Swimmer: A Case Study on the Nervous System by Allison Russo, Morgan Falk, and Phil Stephens Biology Department, Villanova University ?The Tired Swimmer? by Russo, Falk, and Stephens Page 2 ?Why don?t you take a nap for the next couple of hours; I?ll wake you when we?re home.? Matt thought that this was probably not the best time to suggest that she see a doctor. Questions ?. What vital signs or symptoms does Annie exhibit? ?. Can you see any common features in Annie?s signs and symptoms? ?. Why is Annie having problems breathing? ?. What are the possible reasons for Annie?s condition?
CASE STUDY WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Now that you have gone through this case, you have a writing assignment. You must pretend that
you are knowledgeable healthcare professional (nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant,
doctor, “1…); and that you are either a concerned friend of Annie’s family or a very caring medical professional. Your assignment can take one of two formats:
1. You write a letter explaining Annie’s condition to someone in the family who may be distraught and not knowledgeable about Annie’s disorder. While you want to discuss the seriousness of the disease, you want to be reassuring. Remember that the person receiving the lefter is not in the medical profession so you need to keep it in simple terms. Your letter must also follow the criteria listed below.
2. You write a medical report as a healthcare professional explaining Annie’s condition. Your report
should look like a report written by whatever medical professional you are portraying to be. This
report must also follow the criteria listed below.
. lt must be between 500 and 1000 words written in a word processor.
. lt must show an understanding of the disorder in question (signs, symptoms, diagnosis,
. You need to use several resources such as books and the internet (document your sources at
. Assume the reader’s knowledge of the disorder is limited.
. Use the questions in the case study to guide you.
. You may be creative.
. Do not fold your report and do not use a folder or plastic
cover to turn in your report. You may turn it in
Below is the rubric that will be used to grade your
assignment in conjunction with the grading system found on
GRADE MEANING: Most have manor minor problems and done well to get points.
REPORT COMPONENT GRADE VALUE TOTAL
Participated in case study x 3pt pt
Followed directions x 2pt pt
Was factual and thorough x 3pt pt
Showed a good understanding of the disorder x 3pt pt
Was well organized and written in APA and easy to read x 3pt pt
Used good grammar, proper spelling & punctuation x 2pt pt
Used and cited McKinley, O’Loughlin and Bidle. Anatomy & Physiology 2016. 2nd ed. Benjamin Cummings pluse 6 good and appropriate other sources x 2pt pt
Wild card: neatness, creativity, etc… x Zpt pt to make a total of 50 points.