posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 03:41 PM
reply to post by _damon
actually some people who get paralyzed are totally unable to have any effect on their motor control what so ever, the autonomic nervous system still
functions but the 'awake' section of the brain can't effect it. (edit to add although in this case he was on machine assisted breathing and the
entire connection between his nervous system and his brain is disabled)
What gets me reading a few of the articles about this is how lax the reporting is, quotes and medical conditions are different in different sources -
sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. -did they previously report him as braindead or active but unresponsive? i can't see how he is communicating if a cat scan
still doesn't pick up any form of signal, unless the situation has changed since his scan then he hasn't been awake for the whole time he's just
silently woken from a coma like people have been known to do in the past?
I'm reminded of a quote in Hamlet,
O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count
myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I
have bad dreams.
The poor fella was 'dreaming' so he said, i can see this either as a form of bliss - what wonderful castles in the sky a daydream can erect - or as
a form of torture poor old hamlet knows all too well -
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
i think being in a comalike state kinda counts as 'that sleep of death,' - i just hope he didn't dwell in the dark places too long...
i think if i ever go into any form of state where i can't respond i want ebooks played to me constantly - Will Durants entire histories, Bill
Bryson's historys, etc, etc so that i can happily drift off into a world of interesting stories and clever commentary - hehe then when i awoke i
would be much smarter than before too
although you sorta gotta worry that suddenly you might understand it all, laying silently as you watch them
pull your plug as you scream inwardly all the solutions to the worlds problems...
[edit on 23-11-2009 by NatureBoy]