Which of the 5 senses are you most grateful for?
Out of the 5 senses that we are taught about in elementary school, I would have to choose to be most grateful for the sense of touch. I’m not referring to common peripheral neuropathy, or nerve pain that develops over time. I’m referring to being born without one of the 5 senses. Being born without sight (blind) or hearing (deaf) are far more common than being born without working nerves, which is referred to as congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP). There are only about 20 known cases of CIP in scientific literature, which is due to some defective genetic mutations, such as that of the SCN9A gene, that both parents must pass on to the child. Now, can you imagine growing up with that? As children, we learn some rights and wrongs, as well as reflexes, because of our pain sensing cells such as not touching a hot stove or touching a hot pan that just came out of the oven. Without these pain receptors, there are enormous risks of injury or even death. This is why I specifically chose the sense of touch. I feel like it can be the most damaging to a person’s body and life without it.