Haunting or Hallucination?

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This story is contributed by ZJ

Hello. I’ve been following Spooky Corner for some time and feel compelled to share my experiences with everyone. A few paranormal incidents have happened to me and my family over the years and it’s got to the point that my mum (who is the one that keeps experiencing this) is ‘immune’ now. Meaning she doesn’t get scared and even at one time, was even able to have conversation with these ‘things’.

I guess I should begin by telling everyone that my family has a history of some kind of nerve disease. It’s sort of like the membrane covering the nerves are thin so it can cause epileptic attacks, hallucination, etc. In my family, only my mum and I have it. But my mum’s condition is worse and she’s on medication for it.Anyway, because of this disease, I once had an epileptic attack when I was about 4 years old. I was hospitalized and had to stay at the hospital for a few weeks. I don’t remember what happened but family members told me that I kept saying weird things like seeing a long-haired woman crawling on the ceiling, heads floating outside the window, and I even wanted to climb out the window once because I wanted to ‘play football with the bald, naked kids outside’ (but we were on the third floor!).

As I grew up, I could no longer see but once, when I was about 15 years old, my mum had an attack in the middle of the night. My sister and I were sleeping in our room when suddenly the door swung open and we could see mum’s silhouette in the doorway. We couldn’t see her face because the light was behind her but I still remember clearly that she was wearing a t-shirt and batik sarong. She was just standing there watching us but we thought nothing about it and just went back to sleep as it was very late and we had school the next day.

It was only after we came back from school that my father told us mum was in the hospital. Thankfully, she was alright but when we told her what happened the night before, she was very surprised and puzzled because she never came to our room. Plus, she was wearing a different outfit that night. The only explanation we could come up with was that it was her ‘spirit’ coming to check on us. It’s because when you have an epileptic attack, you’re very close to death. Plus, the thing happened around the time she had the attack so she was definitely in the bedroom with dad.

Since the attack, mum was able to sometimes ‘see’ spirits. One time when we just moved to our new house, weird things keep happening. Things would disappear then reappear. My 3 or 4-year-old sis would see fireballs floating in the (master) bedroom and she sometimes draw creepy stuff like a face with mouth sewed shut that she said she saw in the bedroom. Whenever I use the computer in the living room until late at night, there would be footsteps outside the window. If we stay up late to watch TV, we could hear pots and pans and plates knocking in the kitchen. If we’re in the kitchen late at night, we can hear running and footsteps in the living room.

Once, my parents were outstation so all of us siblings slept in the master bedroom with the maid. In the middle of the night, all of us were woken up by scratching noises on the door and window. We were terrified but the maid went and opened the door to check but there was nothing. She then told us that it could be cats or whatever on the roof but none of us believed it. The scratching noise was definitely not from any animals.

It was only when mum was visited at night by a ‘family’ that things calmed down. She couldn’t see their features as they were only dark shadows but there were about 5 or 6 of them standing around the bed silently. So my mum sort of talked to them. She told them not to disturb us as we are living in the house now and we meant no harm. I guess they were ‘living’ there before us but they seemed to understand and left us alone after that.

Since then, not much has happened. It was around this time that mum started seeing a specialist and she began to regularly take her meds. Only when she ran out of her meds or forgot to take them that she began to ‘see’. Of course, you can say that those were only hallucinations triggered by the disease but how do you explain what the rest of us experienced? Only me (I’m the eldest) and my youngest sister were able to see these things when we were younger but the rest of my siblings have experienced things like hearing sounds, or seeing shadows.

Sorry for the long story but I just wanted to share the experience of ‘living with spirits’ for years with everyone. These spirits were never really obvious (never showed their faces or directly tried to scare us) but they definitely made their presence known. Now I don’t really get scared whenever I heard strange noises because I accept that they exist and if we mean them no harm, then they will not disturb us.

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4 Responses to “Haunting or Hallucination?”

  1. DaViDcHaN Says:

    Nice story.. face with mouth sewn shut really got to me.

  2. CF Says:

    wah.. very scary story..
    I m alone at home and it is raining now..

    very strange huh. when you mum is not well then can see them.
    maybe this is as chinese say, when you are in bad luck / bad condition then you may see ghost.

  3. pisang Says:

    my brither friend also have a very same problem , like your mum
    only he take meds he cannot see those “thing”

  4. ZJ Says:

    Yes, it’s actually not as uncommon as most people think. And the attack really comes very quickly if you don’t take meds. My mum is no longer allowed to drive nowadays because once, when she ran out of meds and had to go to the hospital to get some, the attack came. she was driving and suddenly saw these small (size of housecats) hairy, human-faced things crawling on the car windscreen, showing its pointy teeth at her. Thank God she kept her cool and just ignored it.

    My sister really drew some crazy stuff back then. She would often talk to herself when she was in the bedroom as well. But because we knew those things never really harmed us (just occasionally scare us), we just let it be and treat it as something normal 😀 Kinda like having invisible housemates. Haha..

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