Hi my name is Tina, and this is a picture of me and my twin brother Tom, I don't normally tell people about my brothers illness, but it is important that you know what it is or the story won't ring true, he suffers from Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that involves excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleepiness. It is caused by a dysfunction of the brain mechanism that controls sleeping and waking. If you have narcolepsy, you may have “sleep attacks” while in the middle of talking or working, almost anything can send you to sleep.
Common signs and symptoms of narcolepsy include:
- Seeing or hearing things when you’re drowsy or starting to dream before you’re fully asleep
- Suddenly feeling weak or losing control of your muscles when you hear a familiar voice,
- Having intense dreams
- Feeling paralyzed and unable to move when you are in comfortable surroundings.
"Tina sweetie, we are a little behind on time, can you and Thomas go and get your hair done, if Toms hair gets any longer we won't be able to tell the two of you apart ha ha."
"Ok mom, Can I go look in the dress shop while he gets his hair cut?"
"Im sorry honey you know he may fall asleep, you have to stay with him and hurry back, we don't have long before we have to leave for the opera
Tom has been going to the same hairdresser for years, he's the only one that will cut Tom's hair, because he often falls asleep as soon as he sits in the chair, and sleeps while the barber is cutting his hair, the other shops don't want to take a chance, they usually quote some health and safety reasons, but I think it just freaks them out. As we turn the corner where Toms barber is, I see a sign on the door, closed due to illness, We try another close by, but they know him and refuse to cut it,
The plan is, I will pretend to be you and you will pretend to be me, mom and dad have left it too long to change us back and they will have to take us to the opera to meet dads boss and his family, of course we will protest so much that they will have to bribe us with toys/electronics for me and dolls and dresses galore all for you, what do you think?
"Its a crazy plan you will never pull it off, do have any idea what your going to look like"
"Don't worry about me, I'll be asleep as soon as I sit in that chair, and for an iwatch, I will do almost anything, and that's just the beginning, I've seen you looking at that black dress in the shop window, you know you want it."
"What do I have to do?" asks Tina, already thinking how pretty she is going to look in that black dress.
They get to the salon and Tom as usual, falls asleep as soon as he sits in the chair, Vicky the receptionist, pulls a pink cape over Tom, Tina tells Vicky its Narcolepsy, happens all the time, nothing to worry about.
The girl who is to cut Toms hair thinks that it is Tina in the chair and doesn't think to ask as Vicky as she walks out to go to lunch.
"Tina has wonderful soft hair" and so the plan is falling into place, The girl doesn't know that in fact Tina has left the shop, so she thinks Tom is the girl who is getting the works, it's an honest mistake, but one Tom and Tina will both regret. Its not busy in the salon, Tina could have stayed and had her hair done at the same time as Tom and kept an eye on him to make sure they didn't go too much overboard, but the lure of trying on more dresses next door was too much, back at the salon, the other girls who are waiting for their first appointments, go over to help get the sleeping "Girl" (Tom) get ready for the opera, the three girls start to work on Tom, they discuss what they are going to do, one starts by washing his hair, the chair is on wheels so it's easy to get Tom from one station to the next, Toms hair is put into rollers and a mesh covers his head to keep them in place, while his hair is drying, another girl starts on his nails, the three girls are so excited about being able to spend so much time on one person, because they are normally so rushed, "What colour polish shall we use" says the one of the girls, "Red or Pink?"
Angela says, "Let's do a French manicure she looks so young and innocent lying here, then we can use a soft pink on her lips and eyes" the girls continue with their ideas of what a pretty girl going to the opera should look like, meanwhile the real Tina is in a world of her own, the woman at the shop is letting her try on all her dresses, "Maybe I could use you as a model one day would you like that Tina? " she asks. "Yes please Mrs Thompson"
Back at the salon they are just putting the finishing touches to Toms face, they have brushed out his hair to a ridiculous height, they had to add extentions but her mother did say "The works", Tom didn't even wake up when they pierced his ears and plucked his eyebrows, his eyes were lined with black and a subtle deep pink was used as eyeshadow, the girls found that attaching the mink eyelashes was the hardest, one had to hold his eyelids open while the other girl held the eyelashes in place till the glue dried, then mascara added, his lips were lined and filled in with a gorgeous pink lipstick and gloss.
Outside the salon, their mom was waiting to pick up the twins, she couldn't resist going inside to see what they had done for Tina, as she walked into the salon she could see the three girls fussing over one person in a chair, as she walked over to the chair the girls moved to one side so mom could see their creation, mom was blown away at the job they had done on what she thought was Tina, "OMG you guys are geniuses" "But why are her eyes closed?"
Angela said "She fell asleep as soon as we started to brush her hair Mrs Thompson, she never even woke up even when we pierced her ears" the other salon girls started to giggle because it was so funny and unusual for them, they had never dealt with a person with narcolepsy, "But my daughter doesn't have narcolepsy it's my son that has it" As she finished explaining to the girls, the door opened, Tina walked into the salon all smiles after trying on almost all the dresses next door
"Mom what are you doing here" Tina asked, Mrs Thompson almost fainted, she looked at Tina then back at the chair, the salon girls looked a little confused, NO,NO,NO Toms mom repeated over and over again, she took the pink cape off Tom, picked him up from the chair and ran to the car, she buckled Tom into a seat and told Tina "Get in the car, NOW." "But mom I haven't got my hair done yet?" Tina was a little scared, she didn't realise how pretty Tom had turned out until she was sat in the car next to the most beautifully made up "Girl" she had ever seen.
Tom was begining to come around, he couldn't see his face in the car and asked Tina "What's so funny why are you laughing at me?" Tina took a mirror she had in her purse and showed Tom what he looked like, Tom was still a little asleep, so when he saw his face he thought it was a picture, "Who's the pretty girl"
"You are" she laughed so loud, you fell asleep in the salon and the girls thought you were me, Tom couldn't figure it all out and it brought on one of his "Sleep Attacks", it was as if Tina had knocked him out with a punch, "Mom he's asleep again" Tina told her mother, his mom had seen this so many times in the past she just continued to drive home, knowing they were running out of time before they had to leave for the opera, she scooped him up from the car and took him inside, she took Tom to Tina's bedroom without even thinking and told Tina to wait downstairs, she couldn't cancel the opera, it was too important for her husband if he missed the opportunity to get a partnership in the company.
As she was trying to decide what to do, she saw Tinas dress on the bed, I couldn't could I, she thought to herself, first she put the large Puprle flower next to Toms ear, next she attached the earrings to his newly pierced ears, a plan began to fall into place, she removed all Toms clothes and pulled on a pair of purple panties, over those, came a pair of white tights, she couldn't believe Tom had slept through the whole salon deal, as she pulled up the zipper on the purple dress, and put the necklace around her sons neck, she thought tonight was going to be Tinas finest hour, only now it was going to be Toms.
They had a special chair for Tom in the kitchen in case he fell asleep while having breakfast, it had straps on the arms, once upon a time he fell asleep and he fell face first into his cereal, his mom strapped him into the chair just as he was coming around,
"What's going on where am I, I had the worst dream ever, and why am I strapped into my chair? Did I fall asleep again?" said Tom,
"OK listen up Tom, Yes you did fall asleep, but there's been a mistake, Oh dear, look there's no easy way to tell you this," she brought over a full length mirror to the chair"
He took one look and instantly fell asleep without even saying a word, Toms mom called Tina into the kitchen, she thought she was going to faint with laughter when she saw Tom in her dress till she realized, "Hey if he's in my dress what am I going to be wearing," she looked across at her mother,
"Yes young lady, you have brought this on your self, it's your fault"
"But mom what am I going to wear?"
From behind her mothers back she brought out Toms tuxedo with a matching purple waist coat and Dickie bow, "No way Mom" Tina's mom said, "Oh yes you will Tina, it's too late to change anything (perfect, thought Tina, not exactly as Tom had planned but pretty close) and your dad and I have a lot riding on tonight" Tina stomped upstairs tuxedo in hand.
"Can I at least wear the shoes?"
"Sorry honey you will have to wear Toms shoes, and he will have to wear yours, good job we only got the small heels, and don't forget to tuck your hair into the back of the shirt, we will have to tell your father that there was no time to get Toms hair cut"
When she returned to the kitchen Tom was just coming to again, but this time she had time to explain what had happened before he had another sleep attack, " I'm so sorry Tom but this is the way it's got to be, its only for tonight and I think we can stretch to that iwatch that you've been wanting since they came out, Tom thought about the iwatch,