The Big DumpTruck

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Dreams, or Hallucinations?

I think one of the medicines I take has the side effect of “hallucinations”. Not in the Movie of the Week sense, but in the “I wake up freaking out because I thought I just saw a skunk crawling around on my bedside table.”

Yes, that’s right.

Poor Mr. Dump. He just puts up with my waking him up to take care of things that aren’t actually happening in real life. Usually these “dreams” take the form of me thinking there is something in the bedroom that shouldn’t be there. People. Bugs. Small animals. 80% of the time, I jump up and start flailing my arms because a spider or some other bug is just about to land on my face. About 20-30 seconds after the freakout, I realize what it was (nothing!) and calm myself back down. And apologize to my husband for shoving him to wake him up so we can sneak out of the room before the skunk on the nightstand notices us.


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  1. T.O.M.

     /  May 24, 2006


  2. Sharon

     /  May 25, 2006

    Um, I don’t think LSD is a “medication” but I could be wrong.

  3. Christine

     /  May 25, 2006

    When I get very anxious, I sleepwalk and/or scream about rats crawling over me. Has freaked the hubby out more than once until he got used to it. I’d check with the doc most definitely if you think one of your meds is causing it.

  4. Jody

     /  May 25, 2006

    Sharon – LOL!

    Christine – well, it’s not bad enough that I’d change the medication, which I do ok with, other than that.

  5. Kiddicus Maximus

     /  May 25, 2006

    y’kno, kids pay good money for stuff like that where i come from.

  6. Jerry

     /  May 26, 2006

    Not sure what meds are you are on but I would tell the doc. Usually you take meds to get rid of these episodes. Sometimes one med triggers something and you need another med to suppress that side effect.

  7. Anji

     /  May 27, 2006

    I dream about lots of little insects all over the place. Are you sure it wasn’t Bill’s bandana?