Oxygen puffs through the perforation in my throat, piped in by the ventilator. A tube whisks my piss away; IVs and snaking drains proliferate like bacteria.
A souped-up Camaro, a bottle of Jim Beam, and a sturdy tree signed my death certificate, except… I’m not dead.
Brain commands SPEAK, but my lips are DOA.
MOVE FINGER! MOVE! Nary a twitch.
I’ve heard the nurses murmur, “They should have let her die.”
I yearn to nod—something so simple—and scream aloud, “YES!”
I’m locked in a hellish flesh prison.
All I can do is blink.
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Locked-in Syndrome is a rare (thankfully) neurological disorder that results in complete paralysis with the exception of muscles that move the eyes. Patients suffering from this are completely aware and can see, hear, and feel everything happening to them.