Have you ever had really bad insomnia? You know, the kind where your whole body seems to be tingling with nerves, and you toss and you turn, but you can’t get comfortable? The kind of insomnia where every time you start to relax a little, some indescribably horrible image pops into your head and your eyes get so wide that your forehead hurts?
Well, if you have, you might want to skip the rest of this story. I might never sleep again after writing it.
A 42 year old woman in India went to her local hospital last week to deal with a strange sensation between her eyes. She told doctors that she felt a painful tingle in her head. She described it as a sort of “crawling” feeling.
The woman, a domestic worker named Selvi, had been lying in bed a couple of nights earlier, when she felt an insect crawling on her face, near her nose. She reached up to brush it off, but thought that it might have gone up her nose.
Surprisingly, Selvi did not run screaming off into the night at that point. Instead she apparently went to sleep.
The next day she got permission from her boss to go and see a doctor. She was getting more and more uncomfortable, which should come as no surprise. She told her local newspaper:
I could not explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect. There was a tingling, crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes.”
This is perhaps a pathologically serene woman, because she calmly went to the doctor the next day to get some help with her creepy little problem. The local clinic wasn’t able to do anything for poor Selvi with the insect crawling around in her head, so they got her an appointment the next day at a large government hospital.
Of course, that meant another long night for the suffering woman, who sat up in bed feeling the excruciating pain and burning in her skull. She also had a pretty good idea that there was a bug moving around inside there.
Somewhat surprisingly, Selvi was still sane in the morning, and off she went. The doctors at the larger facility were able to do a nasal endoscopy.
That means they stuck up a tube up her nose with a light on the end of it.
They saw a huge cockroach, alive and kicking, sitting on Selvi’s skull, right between her eyes.
They were able to get it out with a combination of suction and forceps. Although news reports don’t say, one can assume that someone stepped on the nasty critter once they got it out of there.
Selvi was fine after the procedure, and went back to resume her normal life, free of any insects crawling around beside her brain.
If you think you can stand it, the doctor’s got the whole disgusting procedure on video.
Featured image via YouTube Screengrab.