Locked-In Patients

They’ve found a way to communicate with them, and their lives may not be the living nightmare we’ve imagined:

“One of the most surprising outcomes of this study is that these patients reported being ‘happy’ despite being physically locked-in and incapable of expressing themselves on a day-to-day basis, suggesting that our preconceived notions about what we might think if the worst was to happen are false. Indeed, previous research has shown that most locked-in patients are actually reasonably satisfied with their quality of life,” he added.

Two pieces of good news in one. The human brain is an amazing, almost incomprehensible thing.

5 thoughts on “Locked-In Patients”

  1. One of my great fears is becoming “locked-in” from progressive neurological illness in my final years, living in a long-term care facility, and having to listen to country-western music the whole time.

    Kind of like my current experience at my dental clinic, only there, I only had to listen to “Red-Neck Yacht Club” for the duration of the fitting of a temporary crown . . .

      1. Dentist?

        The work is all done by various dental technician-specialists, hence the country music.

  2. My ex is a nurse who cared for at least one person who was on the verge of being locked-in. It was heart breaking. But he was in good spirits, and the responses he was able to give (blinking was it) indicated that he was happy. It is a relief to me that not everyone in that state is miserable. A huge relief.

  3. Left to your own thoughts you can be happy. The problem is when someone wants to help by inadvertent torture.

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