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My back pain is still ongoing, and the usual steps I take to manage things have not been terribly effective. That sort of pain is draining, and I’ve been falling asleep at odd times.

Like yesterday afternoon, when I fell into bed and lay there like a stone in a riverbed.

But when I woke up, I was astonished to see the biggest spider I’ve ever seen in my life (and Seattle has some bigass spiders) crawling along a horizontal thread over my bed. With it’s legs curled around it as it moved, it was about the size of a tennis ball. It was so big I shouted “WOW!”

My wife heard from the other room and rushed to find out what had happened. By the time she got there, the spider had become indistinct and then disappeared. It was a hypnopompic hallucination, something I’ve never had before.

That was hard to explain to her, in part because she was standing beside the bed asking me what was wrong before I understood how to answer. It was only later that I thought I might be afraid of the spider, that it might have dropped down a web line toward me, but then I think spiders are cool.

Rats, on the other hand…

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.



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Jul. 9th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
When I had gallstones that got a good intestinal infection going, I hallucinated from pain and lack of sleep, but mine were auditory, not visual. I heard people talking just out of sight, but people I knew weren't there -- for one thing, some of them were long dead.

It's a weird experience.
Jul. 9th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
It really is. I ended up lying there, looking around the room while my wife stood beside me asking if I was okay. I really wasn't sure how to answer at first.
Jul. 9th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
How very very strange. And I love that you yelled, "WOW!" *laughs* I would have shrieked bloody murder. :)
Jul. 9th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
My son would have freaked right out, too. Me, I sorta like spiders.

If it had been a rat, though. ::shudders::
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