> > remembered any of those 19 years. Then, I thought about what it
> > would be like if they didn't remember a thing from 19 years ago
> > today but remembered the time before the coma and how hard that
> > would be for them.
> > There have been some people who so completely lost the ability
> > add anything to their long term memory, that the always thought
> > was the day of the accident. 20 years could go by and every day,
> > many times an hour, they'd have to be retold what happened and
> > the years went by, it would get harder and harder to explain why
> > their old, why the kids are gone (grown up), why their home
> > to someone else, why they hardly recognize their friends. They
> > awake and living every day but as the years go by, with each
> > they have to relive the same nightmare of what and why over
> > and over.
> It's possible to see how what you describe above is suffering, and
> how it is not so different from the hell many people put
> through on their own. The only difference is that most people have
> their memory and identity in place to remind them, while the folks
> you describe above have 'external brainpacks' in the form of
> caregivers to remind them of their memories and identities.
> It reminds me of a Talking Heads song, in which the singer laments
> that 'this is not my beautiful life', or some such. It sounds like
> woke up after 20 years, too, doesn't it?
Yes! To all of that.
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