I know I have progressed since the summer. My behaviors and speech are very peculiar. I hear myself speak and realize that I am dropping pronouns and sounding more aphasic. My sentences are clipped and I hear an alien voice come out when I speak. It’s like I have to push the words out to express myself. I often can’t find the words to describe things. I sound very nervous my husband tells me. I often have terrible agitation, I pace, repeat, talk to myself and babble. It’s embarrassing, yet I can’t control this a lot of the time. My husband looks at me aghast. Yes, I am losing my mind, have lost my grip. Only when I sit here at the computer and am able to reflect and write about it, am I composed enough to see that these are the progressive symptoms of a disease of my brain. It’s not who I was. I never paced and babbled when I was well, for heavens sakes!
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How long does it take to truly incapacitate someone? The only guaranteed instantaneous incapacitation is in the head; the brainstem. Every other location of the body is a delayed incapacitation at best. What about shooting someone in the heart? Well, the heart is a muscle and outside of large caliber rifles, bullets are not big enough to totally explode the heart. Assuming that a round fired from a normal defensive weapon could totally explode the heart, your bad guy still has time to fight because his brain and limbs will have enough oxygenated blood in them to allow him to fight. Cutting all blood flow to the brain, your bad guy has up to 10 seconds until unconsciousness and approximately 20 seconds until total electrical failure 4 . That’s a long time – especially if that person is trying to “incapacitate” you.