I just wanted to share something one of my residents said to me with you all today that had me biting the inside of my mouth to keep my serious face on that I thought you'd all enjoy. And there is a question right after. Here's the brief resident background first: 45 year old female with below average IQ, bipolar and generalized anxiety disorders, high functioning autism, type 2 diabetic diet-controlled and Torrette's. She is very chatty and extremely articulate but has trouble understanding metaphors and analogies and such.
Her: "Do you believe in telekinetic powers?"
Me: "I don't know. I've seen it done in books and movies,"
Her: "I experienced telekinesis back on the tenth of May, 1993."
Me: "Oh, really?"
Her: "Yes. I sent my spirit out of my body and moved my friend around on the porch and then lifted him up into midair and threw him off the porch! My sister says never to do it again cause it's witchcraft!"
Me: "Well, just as long as you don't do it to me! I like my feet on the ground. Literally!"
Her: "Don't worry! I'd never do that to you!"
Me: "Oh, good!"
Does this sound like a delirium "reality" possibly due to an illness, blood sugar or medication changes , (She was recently in the hospital for minor surgery, (toe amputation) and they gave her two new meds which she's been on now for about a week and a half and I checked her blood sugar and it was with normal range for her and she knew the correct date, time, president and vitals were good, etc...or...
Do you think she was just trying to see how gullible I can be by telling me a very detailed little story? Of course I don't believe she really used her spirit to move another human being, but if she truly believes she did then for all outward appearances to her I am a believer. But, I wonder if she was thinking; "This new caregiver will believe anything!"
I think telling stories, if that's what this is, and not something she can't help, should be discouraged as it may lead to more harmful falsehoods like; "He/She touched me!" etcetera and all kinds of trouble could occur.
Anyway, I had never heard a resident tell me such a thing that was so detailed with dates and everything! Took me by surprise to say the least!