Schrodinger’s Phone call

December 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Thanks to Carolyn for her analogy of nerve repair being like waiting for a phone call. We can’t know if a nerve is repairing itself until it ‘rings’ and lets us know with pain or increased strength that it is indeed better. Remember Schrodinger’s cat in the box – either the cat is alive or, because of the random decay of some atomic particle, dead. The observer can’t know until they open the box.

I suppose I could let a surgeon go in and take a ‘nerveopsy’, but that would pretty well kill the nerve from that point onwards. What most of us have to do is wait to see whether the nerve is alive and hope that when we open the box, all our nerves will look up, say meow, stretch and walk out of the box.