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Posted on May 6, 2018 at 5:00 AM

I was mightily impressed by the 1997 book Le Scaphandre et le Papillon and the feature film based on that book, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Jean-Dominique Bauby was paralyzed after a stroke with locked-in syndrome. Yet, he was able to write the book by blinking his left eyelid. It took ten months (four hours a day) and about 200,000 blinks.

More recently, another locked-in patient wrote her own book. Mia Austin has written In the Blink of an Eye (Amazon). (HT: Independent)

Since I spend a lot of my time writing, if I found myself in a locked-in state, I would find that a worthwhile existence. Yes, it would be difficult to adapt. But I could still do something that I enjoy.

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