I thought, hummm-"very interesting" Sergeant Schultz–I’m having one of those hallucinations I lecture about! I kept looking and blinking harder and harder and I could still see them–so vivid, so real! And then when the door started warbling back and forth with thousands of ants on it, I thought, dang, I should have done drugs in the sixties like everyone else, then I would have probably been able to enjoy this more!
I find it so fascinating that as soon as I realized what was happening (that my mind was playing tricks because of the pain meds), I could relax and just enjoy the show. But oh, I can just imagine how confusing and frightening it would be not to understand that–and to be watching thousands of creepy-crawly bugs coming toward you, while being emphatically told they just aren’t really there! I swear, at first I would have bet a lot of money that they were!
Isn’t it interesting that the heart-wrenching experiences with my parents, and now a first-hand experience myself, have given me a much deeper understanding of hallucinations and delusions–and even more compassion for the victims, as well as for their heart-broken families.
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