I'm convinced my mother had this before she passed.
Mom had a stroke many years ago which left her with one of the worst cases of aphasia I'm aware of (her language center was heavily affected).
Because her speech was so compromised, it was extremely difficult for her to convey complexities but, I can tell you that her ability to reason was
NOT affected. Mom had been a design engineer for Lockheed Martin before the stroke, to give you an idea of what kind of mind she had. Always a very
level headed woman... not at all subject to flights of fancy.
There came a time when she started to complain of "bugs" and kept telling everyone she was seeing blue fibers come out of her body. She became
obsessed, always picking at things I couldn't see, with tweezers. She would collect said fibers in a match box. For the most part, it just looked
like lint to me. There were a couple of times I thought I saw movement in that lint but, the doctors never did.
This was years ago, before the internet was the resource it currently is. The doctors were insistent that she was delusional. After a couple of
years of not really being able to see what she was talking about and not being able to find out more about her claims, I believed the doctors. She
died with me NOT believing what she was saying.
I've since encountered numerous articles about Morgellans and it is exactly as she described. I find it almost impossible to believe that such a
rational woman all of a sudden became delusional in exactly the same manner that hundreds of other people had been. Actually didn't watch the video
(as I have seen many) so I don't know if they shared the story of the toddlers that have chronic sores and complain of "bugs". Guess I have a hard
time believing that so many people, so removed from one another geographically would all suffer the same delusion.
Not long before she started to complain about the "bugs" she had traveled out of country and suffered congestive heart failure. She was flown back to
the states for care and after about a week at the hospital they all of a sudden had her in full quarantine because she had contracted MRSA. I don't
know if there is any correlation but I can't help but wonder, given the timing of the onset of her "delusion".
As an aside, I will always feel guilty for not having given my mom more credibility but when you have several doctors saying the same thing...
edit on 29-11-2012 by Scalded Frog because: typo