Thursday, January 20, 2005

An itch one can't scratch.

After a morning session with the dentist I return to my office with a jaw so novocained one could stub out a lit cigar on it without my feeling anything.

A little while passes and I get an itch on my jaw, so I scratch it. But I can't feel myself scratch it.

What's this? I can feel the itch but I can't feel the scratch!

Is this some relation to phantom limb syndrome? The itch I feel on my jaw actually is in my head while the scratching sensation that would relieve it comes from my jaw, but can't because all the nerves there are numb?

I have no idea.

But if the Pentagon really is looking for a non-violent method of torture, I have a suggestion.