It’s the little additional details that really get me going.
‘Esquire‘ has a short piece by one Perry Goldberger, a 17 year old who cannot feel pain. His has a genetic disorder, familial dysautonomia.
Often he’s been cut badly enough to need stiches but not noticed until someone pointed out that he’s bleeding. Annual checkups requwire him tell whether he’s being poked with the sharp or the blunt side of a thumbtack, to tell whether an object in his palm is boiling hot or freezing cold. Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes not.
And then he adds the detail that tickles me; he can’t produce tears! Maybe the two things have nothing to do with each other, but until that’s demonstrated I’m going to go right ahead and believe that the ability to feel pain and the ability to produce tears are linked. Makes too much sense not to.