My reaction was one of indifference since I thought he was talking about a real person. I calmly said, “Yeah, where?”
Then he said, “He was over there”, pointing to a short distance ahead.
“He was wearing a tan hat with black trim and a tan suit, kinda like one Daddy would where to work. In his hand he was carrying a black briefcase.”
After this detailed description it became apparent that this wasn’t a real man. To confirm I asked, “So was he real?”
My son responded in a matter-of-fact tone, “He looked real, like my brother standing over there, only his face was hidden by his hat and he was gone after about 8 seconds.”
Out of curiosity I asked, “Was he scary or friendly?”
“He was friendly, that’s why it didn’t bother me!”
Cool, good to know. If you’re going to have visual hallucinations, I’m all for the friendly type. Thankfully, my son didn’t seem upset and was quickly back to his bow and arrow game.
I don’t know about you, but I find this whole experience interesting. It amazes me how the brain works. I wish I knew what caused the hallucination, his moods were very stable and have been for a long time. In fact, he just finished school and has been better than ever. The last hallucinations were the shadow men he saw 3 months ago. Whatever the cause, I’m so relieved that he doesn’t seem upset about them. As a kid, I was scared of imaginary things, I can’t imagine being a kid who saw imaginary things as real.
My son demonstrates once again that he’s amazing, living life one day at a time.