Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
pne

Proprioception :: Oh Mia oh my-a :: Esprit d'escalier

This morning I had an interesting experience: I woke up and didn't know where my hands were.

Usually, people know where their body parts are in relation to each other due to proprioception, but since I had been sleeping, I hadn't had any updates and so I didn't have any reference.

If I had started moving my hands, I would have become aware of their position since they would start transmitting sensory input, but it was kind of fun lying there for a short while and being aware of the fact that I had no idea where my hands were.

It also reminded me of a story I heard; as I recall, it was a woman who was given an epidural during childbirth while her legs were up in stirrups. Later, a nurse moved her legs down onto the bed, and she saw that with her eyes but she still "felt" her legs up in the air—since that was where they were the last time she received any sensory input from them before the nerves were blocked from the epidural.


Stella said that she used to like the name "Mia" but has had second thoughts due to the ambiguity with "mir" in German... for example, "das gehört Mia" and "gib das Mia" sound like "das gehört mir" and "gib das mir".


Every now and then, I think back to the situation in the tourist information office in Santa Maria Val Müstair, where the lady there didn't understand my attempt at Rumansh... and I think of what I could have said instead. Lots of new ideas. "Let me rephrase" or "I'd rather speak English than German" or "What did you just say? Please repeat it more slowly as I'd like to try to understand it."or "...". But it's all rather pointless since I can't go back and change the situation :)

Ah, esprit d'escalier.

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