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This is actually so helpful for training nurses/doctors who are with paralyzed patients. Echoing what you already said, it's extremely important to realize that you're in the room with an actual person who is still aware of their surroundings. I've seen my uncle (paralyzed years after being diagnosed with MS) try to signal with his eyes when something was wrong. He would often be ignored or people just wouldn't notice it. Makes the biggest difference for the person in that position if you could just give them some attention and treat them with mutual respect.