Jim Sturm, born in 1959, was among the first generation to have access to the vaccine of polio, a viral disease that can cause nerve damage and paralysis in victims. However, his parents refused doctors to administer the vaccine because during their summer holiday in Madrid a fortune teller told them that they would need to make a very important decision about their child that involved pointed objects.
“I’m glad that my parents stood up against 400 years of modern medicine and the scientific method, else I might be here right now avoiding your stare and talking about train timetables. Instead, I’m a fully-functioning human being who has little trouble communicating with you but simply requires the aid of a 7-foot metal tube to meet one of my most basic human needs.” Jim’s friends describe him as ‘outgoing, gregarious and sociable’, pointing out that being able to hold a conversation for more than five minutes is an absolute necessity in order to play off the awkwardness of having a care worker wipe your arse for you. One of his friends sometimes wished he did get vaccinated, though: “Being a bit more introverted would really suit Jim, since we can’t always keep him company.”