A bunch of people are in the hospital for a specific type of fungal outbreak, and even though they’re all in different rooms, they end up having the same kinds of hallucinations before the fungus is able to work its way out of their bodies. The number of things that hospital workers have to go through that could become part of some kind of horror movie must number in the dozens in the first year alone.
Imagining religious music and children hiding in the corners of their rooms are both pretty specific, and the kind of thing that someone could easily make a bad horror movie out of. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s already something that fits.
Red Is a Warning
Maybe the red-haired nurse saw someone running around frantically. Maybe she had a walkie-talkie or a pager on her. Or maybe she’s a ghost of a nurse who used to work on the floor, and there’s no way she’s going to let any mothers OR babies join her before it’s their time. Or, you know...one of the more likely options.
We didn’t expect so many of these stories to deal with what could be ghosts hanging around hospitals. They’re spooky places sometimes – all that death and disease and people trying to stop those things from succeeding. Maybe this respiratory therapist had been working long enough that she realized something had gone wrong, and her brain made up a nurse to help her realize she needed to go back. That’s a really Hollywood version of the story but maybe it could be true.
Surgery Through a Mirror
Why didn’t the patient come in and say lots of pain on the right side? If you come in with pain on your right side, every doctor and even a bunch of people who aren’t doctors will guess that you’re suffering from appendix trouble, but the right side? That would seem a lot more serious. But instead of telling the panicking doctor what the issue was, the nurses who were there to help just decided to laugh at him. He did just cut into a guy, nurses.
That’s not usually the kind of thing that you should laugh about. Thankfully, those cuts are pretty small and heal easily, but “the nurses were laughing at me” isn’t a good explanation for why you have two incisions instead of one.
Worming to the Truth
People who go to hospitals can be kind of stupid. If you’ve ever watched “House M.D.” you will know that everybody lies, but this seems less like lying and more like just not being very good at thinking critically. This nurse asked questions about what the boy was producing over and over, and we’re told that the nurse even specifically asked about worms, but the dad didn’t think to mention it until right before they were about to leave.
Were they just trying to get some drugs out of the situation? Maybe. Maybe they were dumb. It just took a little bit of deworming medicine for the kid to be right as rain. In the meantime, they took up hours of precious time and probably wasted a whole bunch of money in the meantime.
You Get Him, Kid
As scary and frightening as this story can be, especially if you know someone who suffers from dementia, it’s hilarious knowing that this little boy stepped into the room, realized that there was an unkind spirit of some nature hanging out and making fun of the great grandmother, and his very first thought was to put up his dukes and take the ghost out the way you deal with corporeal bullies. That kid is going to go far in life.
We’re imagining something a little bit like the Ghostbusters, but it’s just a kid who has boxing gloves and punches ghosts until they run away. You don’t get stuck in a ghost trap, buddy, you’re gonna get a hurting. You think you’re the scary one around here? Kid, you don’t know scary yet.