Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 27

of his situation, and when asked about the time he accidentally touched a young nurses’ breast he replied smiling ‘I’ve only just got over the litigation! I was in hospital…. and I’d made one of my bold gestures…. I sat on the edge of my bed and the nurse was next to me and I was making a gesture pointing to another part of the ward….and my hand touched her breast and she slapped my face. I said what was that all about and she said well you just don’t do that….you just don’t go touching people’s breasts like that! Well I didn’t know that I had! I didn’t notice that was what I’d done. I wouldn’t have mind getting a slap around the face if I’d gone for it but I hadn’t!’ Perhaps this is the most telling example of how a lack of proprioception can rob a person of any affectionate contact with another. How could anyone who cannot feel what his hands are doing be able to make love to another or demonstrate caring affection to others? Waterman has confounded all the diagnoses of the specialists by discovering ways of performing tasks that 26 should be impossible for him. Something as simple as holding a fork to eat a meal, which we do with ease and no thought, was a million miles away from Waterman after his diagnosis. But, with years of single minded effort he has regained the use of his limbs through his eyes. As long as he can see the limbs he wants to move he can control