I conducted an experiment in a completely darkened room to determine if my brain was playing tricks on me or if I had developed a super power to see in the dark.
Some background: I hit my head pretty hard on a parachute jump about six months ago and since then I have had all sorts of problems, including dizziness and seeing things that aren't really there.
Last week my dizzy therapist, Mrs. Lopez, put me in a corner, told me to stand on one foot and turned out the lights. Wait a second - let me clarify, Mrs. Lopez is a physical therapist who helps me overcome dizziness. I am the dizzy one, she is not.
Anyway, the last time I was in the dark corner I could see a glow of red light that showed my silhouette and my hands. When I wiggled my fingers I could see that, too.
It happened again today, so Mrs. Lopez and I inspected the room to make sure there was no light leaking in. There wasn't.
“Ok, when I tell you I can see the red light I want you to put your hand in front of my face,” I told Mrs. Lopez.
“If you can see my hand I'm running out of here.”
She didn't run. During our experiment I could see both of my hands and I could see them move, but I kept asking her to put her hand in front of my face. I thought she was scared, but she switched on her cell phone light and I immediately saw that she had her hand in front of my face the whole time the lights were out and I hadn't seen her hand by the light of the red glow.
I am glad I found the truth, but a bit annoyed I had to trick my own brain to counter the trick it was playing on me. And, honestly, disappointed I don't really have a super power.