Friday, November 21, 2008

Cold Turkey Or Possession?

Last night, an hour before I was about to sit comfortably and catch the Amazing Race Asia finals I got a call from my cousin informing me that one of our other cousin was in bad shape in the hospital. I immediately asked what happen thinking he was involved in an accident or something cos he's the youngest of the lot.

And my cousin replied that he was in a stroke like condition. I was shocked. I mean he's only 31 years old! But I wasn't all that surprised. This cousin of mine was someone I posted about quite a while back who was on and off the drug habit and as far as I knew, he was off the habit for years now. But it wouldn't surprise me if he was back on it and this was somehow related.

My cousin told me to come by the hospital as soon as I could cos he was really in bad shape. So I headed to the hospital emergency ward. The thing is when my cousin told me that he was in a stroke like state, I pictured him lying in bed and maybe not being able to move a certain part of his body or something like that.

But when I walked in the ward, what I saw startled me. There on the hospital bed was my cousin but he was far from lying down immobilized or anything. He was sitting up in a crouched position with his head twisted 45 degrees (which looked awfully painful to me) and his hands bent at the elbows with his fingers making the shape of claws and his tongue sticking in and out like a snake!

I was really in a state of shock and if I was not on the tanned side, you probably would see my face turn pale. That wasn't the signs of someone with a stroke. He looked awful, scary even. And he was groaning incoherently at times. I steeled myself up (I am the worlds biggest coward, mind you) and approached closer to him. He sensed my presence and he turned his body with his his head still stuck in the 45 degree angle and looked at me.

I could see recognition on his face and while looking at me he started groaning again and through the incoherent mumblings, I could hear the words pain, pain being mention over and over. That boy was in excruciating pain. When I asked his parents what was really wrong with him, they said that the doctors came over and checked him and they found nothing medically wrong with him. Even a brain scan failed to show anything wrong with him, medically that is.

They're suspecting it's a psychological thing cos according to them he should be fine. They just seemed baffled by his condition and have referred a psychiatrist to him. The thing is, according to my mom who was there already, when the doctors examine him, he's okay, his neck moves back to the normal position and and his bent hands and all that returns to normal. Though he still can't speak properly and breathes very hard, he looks normal.

But once the doctors leave, he kinda reverts back to weird positions, his face will change, his eyes will roll and bulge and his tongue will do the snake thing again and to be honest, it's scary like hell! To me, he doesn't need a psychiatrist, he needs a priest cos he looks and behaves like he's been possessed! The facial expressions, the uncomfortable and painful looking positions he gets into, the groans, the mumblings, the anger (he screams that the doctors are stupid and stuff) and then he breaks down and cries that he's in pain.

What made me lean towards him being possessed is that when they took him up to the rooms for admission overnight, the room is shared by 3 other patients and the patient directly opposite my cousin is a pastor and he heard all the groaning and saw the condition of my cousin, he said to us that maybe we should pray for him. He even took his bible out and started saying some prayers of his own and that was when you should have seen the change in my cousin. He got even worse, he screamed and contorted himself even worse and no amount of calming could make him relax.

And when that pastor finally stopped praying and reading from the bible, he calmed down considerably. Then my auntie put a rosary around his neck and he started again and after some time, he calmed down again. Now, it could just be a pure coincidence or not, but to me, that looks like a classic case of someone being possessed. I've seen a person possessed before when I was very young and this sure looks the same. Either that or he's back to his drug habits and he can't get his 'fix' so he's probably going cold turkey or something.

The opinions are divided between us. A few of us think it's a possession thing and the other half thinks it's a drug thing. But whatever it is, I hope something is done for the poor fellow cos possession or drugs, he is suffering from excruciating pain and it saddens me considerably to see him in this condition. They're getting a priest to come and see him later today and as much as I'd like to be there, I have some work to catch up on. Or maybe I'm just too much of a coward.

I grew up with him, I remember playing toys and stuff with him when he was a baby and to see someone so much younger than you like this is not a nice feeling. He's a decent boy, just mixed around with the wrong crowd and had a few bad breaks in his life which lead him astray. He tried to put his life back in order but kept getting influenced by the wrong crowd over and over again, He finally did kick the habit (at least I hope so), got a job and all that and to see him like this really hurts. I hope he pulls through. Some hope and a little prayer wouldn't hurt, ya?
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30 comments:

  1. Oh dear, sounds like he is hurting alot! I hope you guys can do something to make him better. If the hospital checks his blood and finds that he is not abusing any substance, then better call a priest.

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  2. OMG!!!! You give me a chill with the detail of your cousin condition..!
    Maybe calling a priest won't be a bad idea at all..if it's not working, at least you already try "Priest Method" and can find other better solution..Hope your cousin will get better soon..

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  3. Gosh, this sounds scary!! Reminds me of "The Exorcist" movie. If the doctor cannot find anything wrong with him medically, I think you should call an exorcist ASAP!

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  4. hi nick! im sry to drop & run like this. but there are still so many blogs to visit. so i am gonna make this quick!

    i've just purchased my own domain! please change my url in yr blog to http://www.agreatpleasure.com. In short, please omit the .blogspot from my old url!

    thanks! Hv a great weekend! :)

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  5. Nick, I'm so sorry to read this, you must be so worried about him. As Blur says, can the hospital do a blood test?
    Let us know how he is doing, I'm praying for a fast recovery.

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  6. holy crow. That IS awful. I do hope they find the cause and subsequent cure for his pain as soon as possible.

    I will certainly say a prayer.

    Geeeez. How terrible

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  7. Uuuhhh....was he screaming in a different language? A different voice...cause usually thats how these possesions go. We are talking about a bad spriit taking over a body here....

    However, I wanna go with the drug thing. Drugs can really fucked up the body's system.

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  8. Eeks! That sounds freakishly scary. Whether he's possessed or suffering from withdrawal symptoms, I'm going to pray for him too. Prayer helps.

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  9. This is scary. Since doctors can't find anything, it's time to seek guidance from God. After all, there is no harm in trying, given his condition.

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  10. I hope he gets well soon. My prayers are with him.

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  11. BT - He is hurting a lot, that's why it's painful to watch. Well, they did a blood test and it was negative for any substance. We'll just have to wait and see I guess. The priest is coming in tomorrow ...

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  12. Kadus Mama - I had the chills just looking at him. I hope they can actually figure out whatever it is he's really suffering from soon ...

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  13. Foongpc - It does, doesn't it? And seeing his behavior kinda makes me lean towards the possession part!

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  14. Jean - You too? Gee, everyone seems to going the way of getting their own domain. Well congrats :D A great weekend to you too :D

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  15. The World According To Me - They did a blood test and it came back negative. According to them, medically he should be fine. I'm praying for a speedy recovery too ...

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  16. Meleah - Thanks for the prayers. I hope they find the cause soon too cos he's in terrible pain.

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  17. The Constantly Dramatic One - Well, I could understand him so I guess no, he wasn't speaking in weird languages, unless you count the grunts and groans!

    Yeah, drugs are just as bad!

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  18. Perky - Being there witnessing it in person is even more freaky! Thanks a bunch for the prayers :D

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  19. The Real Mother Hen - Yup, the priest is supposed to be coming over soon. We'll see how that goes.

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  20. Tammy - Thanks a bunch for the prayers. I'm sure it'll help a lot :D

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  21. WOW, poor thing la ur cuz! Drug abuse or otherwise, the snake-like appearance surely can't be pleasant, hope he feels better soon!!

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  22. Marzie - It didn't look very pleasant to me. I'm hoping he'll be okay soon too :D

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  23. Hi Nick,
    Sounds like psychological but it might be 'something' else. So, I agree. Better get all bases covered and there is never any harm in saying some prayers :)

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  24. Jen - Well, psychological or not, the poses he made freaked the hell out of me! Prayers will definitely help.

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  25. i hope he get well soon Nick. Scary la your cerita here...

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  26. Emelda - I hope he gets well soon too. And it was even scarier being there!

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  27. Oh Nick that sounds terrible and very scary. I do hope they find some answers asap and that whatever is happening they get his pain under control soon.

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  28. Oh dear....I will pray for him tonight. I hope he gets well soon.

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  29. Romany Angel - Well, the good news is he's out of the hospital. The bad news is well, I'll tell all in a post soon ...

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  30. Big Pumpkin - Thanks for the prayers :D

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