In resting muscle, an EMG should read silent. In active muscle, it should fire rapidly like a machine gun.
Slowly, the EMG signal emerged from the silence. That dreaded, faint beating abnormally arising in his resting muscle.
He had been healthy a few months ago. But Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis had chewed away the nerves. This left islands of muscle without any connection back to the body. Yet, despite losing all neuronal input, the muscles keep searching back for their home. Forever emitting a signal. Hoping.
“After all, we’re only satellites. Sending out signals and waiting for someone – anyone -to receive us.”