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Obviously, she had no way of knowing at the time that the clot was in her left hemisphere.
Oh, yes, her right arm went limp.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 08:55:39 AM EST
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Excellent point.  So she did know.

I'm not looking for reasons to dismiss her testimony.  Just sounding a note of caution.

by Sassafras on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 09:09:29 AM EST
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Maybe.

The same symptom will arise from damage to the pons, cerebellum, or upper spinal cord at the C1 - C3 areas.

Or some combination of these.

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by ATinNM on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 03:53:07 PM EST
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Just to clarify that they did discover the physical cause of her symptoms:

TED | TEDBlog: Stroke of insight: Jill Bolte Taylor on TED.com

Two and a half weeks after the hemorrhage, the surgeons went in and they removed a blood clot the size of a golf ball that was pushing on my language centers.


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by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Mon Mar 24th, 2008 at 07:52:00 AM EST
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The brain can do an awful lot of things. Could it tell the right arm to go limp ?

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 01:25:36 PM EST
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Worse than that, the mind can tell the right arm to go limp.  That's what psycho-somatic illnesses are, after all.

Tho' some people claim there is a physical cause of such and we don't know enough to be able to figure it out.

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by ATinNM on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 04:32:54 PM EST
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