Not only am I still sleeping (not conscious), but I am still in a coma. “A "vegetative state” or “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) is the same thing as a coma."When I say I'm like Rip van Winkle... I've been asleep for years. Actually I'm listed as having my eyes open, but I'm not conscious. I'm sleep-walking I guess. I left the hospital as "semi-vegetative" so I remain "semi-vegetative."
The local paper did a story, http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/02/04/2217293/mike-tharp-they-thought-she-would.html They were probably amazed. I think it's funny that since I'm vegetative, I'm still in a coma. I think that it's funny a vegetative person can live on her own. [The newspaper link doesn't work, but I copied the whole article when I copied an e-mail, http://thoughtfulveg.blogspot.com/2012/02/angela.html.]
Okay, so there's this person who was in a coma. It's obvious she isn't anymore. To top it off she's conversing with doctors and is knowledgeable about some difficult theories and concepts. This is normal? (Normal in the sense of average. I don't need lectures on "normal." I know this isn't normal. Does anyone else?)
Okay, lets say I'm conscious. What does this mean? I guess it means I'm not "semi-vegetative." Did I suddenly become conscious? When did that happen? Does "semi-vegetative" have some component of consciousness? If so, what makes "semi-vegetative" different from Minimally Conscious State? If you are a vegetable are you always a vegetable?