This is the first of three posts in one day, an unprecedented feat on my behalf (although the third post will be a letter from someone rather than my own writing).
I would just like to share a thought I was experiencing when being massaged earlier, it was how to describe the feeling, or absence of paralysis to someone. In my case I have complete feeling from my head down to just above my nipples on my torso and middle of biceps on my arms, on my arms I can feel light/vague/non-specific sensation on patches of the top of my upper and lower arms (not symmetrical).
When I close my eyes and I’m being massaged, it is as though my sensation can be thought of as looking down a well into darkness, where my head is the top of the well and everything else is below. What you can see down a well is analogous to what I can feel on my body, past a certain point down the well is complete darkness, similar to the “darkness” or lack of sensation past a certain point down my body. Past that point down the well, everything else is unknown, similar to the unknown state of my body past the last point of sensation.
This is not the only “feeling” that I have in my body, I have non-specific/referred internal sensations that are unreliable and do not directly reflect the environment or geography of my skin and limbs respectively. These can be analogous to the sound heard when a pebble is dropped down a well, although the stimuli of the pebble on the well cannot be “seen” it can still be sensed through sound. Although in this analogy the senses described are different, the similarity is that the stimuli can still be detected/interpreted through peripheral sensation. The sound of the pebble will not necessarily relate the location of its impact or the effect on the environment of the impact, but the event of the impact will still be related through a type of sensation.
I hope someone will find this observation interesting.