The next several posts will be a series of children's bedtime stories written by George Hadory, aged 31, an institutionalized patient for the last 2 years at the hospital who has recently taken to writing children's bedtime stories in order to, he says, "Lull myself to sleep, and get my mind off the fact that I'll probably never have children of my own. Nobody wants a loser like me."
George was a grade-school teacher, and before being admitted to the hospital he was under some stress at his place of work. His wife of five years left him, and he began to find that he had to check that the doors were locked and faucets turned off. This took on a constant and extended ritual pattern, even when he was at home. Over a period of months his rituals gradually became more elaborate and began to interfere with the carrying out of his normal daily activities. Clothes had to be put away and folded in a certain way and the laundry washing had to be carried out for a specific length of time with two applications of soap and two rinses, for example.
He then began to be confused, mistaking the identity of his family members and his friends and his students and becoming increasingly disoriented in a patchy manner in both time and place. He occasionally sat at his desk in front of his class and pretended out loud that he was being interviewed by David Letterman. He soon lost his job. He then began to be visually hallucinated, seeing frightening moving creatures like large insects and six-legged tiny monsters crawling around on the floors at home.
Today at the hospital George is undergoing extensive radio-frequency hypnotherapy and telepathic signal hypnosis therapy (to foster automatic writing), as well as routine sedation with chlormethiazole, and is diligently writing a book of children's bedtime stories.
read children's bedtime story #1, and [NEW: the picture book project].