Jack: Mom! MOMMMMM!
(I ran upstairs to see what was going on)
me: Are you okay?
Jack: My nightlight didn’t go on and then when I looked around it was all black and it all turned RED and I couldn’t make the red go away and it was really scary. (he starts to cry)
me: It’s okay. I’ll fix your nightlight. Maybe this disco ball thing lit up or something and that’s what you saw?
Jack: No, it was covering both of my eyes and I couldn’t make it stop!
me: Were you rubbing your eyes? Sometimes that makes weird colors appear…
me: Okay calm down. I’ll stay with you for a little bit, okay?
Jack: Okay… Was that a lucimation?
me: You mean a hallucination??
Jack: Yeah. When will those start? Will I have those??
me: I don’t think you have to worry about it. You won’t have them.
Jack: Then why is it a word?
me: Some people have them when they take drugs or medication or are very sick.
Jack: I promise I didn’t take drugs or anything! Though I might need Motrin because my head hurts.
me: I know you didn’t take drugs sweetie. And it’s not a hallucination.
Jack: Can you look it up and see what it is? I don’t want it to happen again.
me: Of course. I’ll tell you what I find in the morning.
Jack: Throw my pillow on the floor before you leave. That’s how I’ll remember to ask you.
So I’ve spent the last half hour looking up red spots, and red vision at night, etc. There seems to be a lot of stories out there about people experiencing the same thing. This also seems prevalent in 5-8 year olds. Or that’s when it starts. Most of the children have color blindness, like Jack does. Most were premature, just like Jack. Most spots were accompanied by headaches, which his was. Most people live with it their whole lives without any other health problems.
Well, let’s hope this was a one time deal!