Greetings from beyond…my first paranormal investigation

Lots of orbs, but then again, could be dust!

Knocks. Voices. Slamming door. Sand flung at me. Crashes. Orbs.

All of the above experiences were experienced by me in my first paranormal investigation with a local investigating team. We investigated a more than century-old building that has two floors, a basement and so much space we didn’t even get to it all.
The night started around 6 p.m. Saturday as we set up mass amounts of equipment in “hot spots” in the building. The staff breakroom served as command central. A computer was set up on the second floor of the building and in a room where an old car sits (we used it as a trigger object).
We investigated until approximately 4 a.m. And there so wasn’t enough time in one night to properly investigate, so another investigation is planned when the boilers are shut off for the season.
Speaking of the boiler. It’s difficult to conduct a paranormal investigation in a basement with a boiler. But, it did make for some scary good startles when it hissed, knocked, and even threw sand up from the sump pump. (at least I assume it came from the sump pump. Either that or I ticked off the ghost who hangs out in the basement)

Me alone in the old car

Our official investigation began in the basement and it wasn’t long before we saw shadows (no, they weren’t our own) and then there was the sand incident. I was standing at the bottom of some wooden stairs and we heard rushing water. Soon after that, sand hit me in my hand, which was holding the video camera. At first, I figured it was the sump pump, BUT the experience never happened again and it kicked on several times through the night. I returned to the place multiple times, even asked for sand to be thrown at me, but it never happened again. So who knows. You be the judge!
I spent a lot of time alone in the basement, with only my recorder (to capture EVPs) and my flashlight with a red and blue filter on it. I got some knocking responses, but again, with the boiler going, it’s tough to be able to say “yes, a spirit knocked at me.” So, I remain a skeptic on this one.

one of the investigators in the museum

We also did some investigating on the former sight of the production room. We had what is known as a Px device. The Px device allows spirits to communicate through the box and it translates it into words. Some of what was said made sense, some didn’t. We stood next to an old pick-up that is used by staff sometimes and the box said several things that could have pertained to the pick-up. We called the pick-up a death trap and the box said “killer.” One guy sat in the pick-up and it said “property.” Another guy who was sitting in the pick-up said something grabbed his leg from under the pick-up and the box said “under.” So you be the judge.

The old car

The box also eventually told us to leave. And when we said bye it said “bye” and “hurry” and “later.” Shortly after that the box started repeating jibberish and we changed the batteries.
We had lots and lots of experiences with the Px box, but there’s not nearly enough time to go into all of them.
Upstairs, a couple of the guys reported feeling hostile with each other and in general felt they were exposed to a hostile environment up there. I, however, did not feel any hostility and neither did one other guy.
I did feel some hostility and felt someone breathing behind my back in one of the old darkrooms. The more I sat there the worse I felt and with paranormal investigations you have to know your limits and not push them. So I stayed away from that portion of the building. Earlier that evening, we did get some responsive knocks in another old darkroom — one behind the other investigator and one behind me. Boiler? This one likely not. But another investigation is definitely needed.

Creepy basement!

Around 2 a.m. two of us were sitting in the front office area. We had the door to the main office propped open. As we were addressing a former employee, the door closed on its own followed by a huge crash that was heard by the team upstairs as well. That was pretty freaky.
Shortly after that I stood on a table and shot photos into an office that was locked (it has a 3/4 wall). I did catch lots and lots of orbs, but the top of the wall was very dusty. So, I cannot really attribute that to anything paranormal.  The first responsibility of a paranormal team is to rule out any “false” evidence. A credible team does not embellish or make up evidence and you seek to “debunk” any evidence you do get. If it cannot be debunked, then you potentially have something. So yeah, the orbs are likely from dust. But, it’s kind of cool!
We did not get any apparitions on any of our still cameras (to my knowledge). The digital recorders have not been analyzed, nor has the videos we took.
As the night wore on, we all started become tired and weary. Activity seemed to stop. So when 4 a.m. rolled around, we packed up and decided to pick up the investigation at a later date.

The team taking a break. The photo itself is pretty cool.

More investigation is needed — maybe more than one. The building is huge and you could easily spend one night in just one portion of it.
And so, my first investigation. I AM HOOKED! I cannot wait to investigate something else. It is every bit as cool as it seems on TV.
As for my beliefs, yes, I do believe in the paranormal. I’ve had two solid experiences that cannot be explained with reason (both involve seeing spirits).

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Iritis = IWRONGis….an update

   

Finally got some good news regarding my eye. And let me say one thing before I get started. I am a FIRM believer in shopping local when you can and getting services local when you can, but this time, what a difference going out of town made. I DID try to get my eye care in town, and just ended up needing a bit more and my eyesight is just not something I’m willing to sacrifice. So with that said, I’ll get to the update.

I found this doctor through http://www.iritis.org. This is a great site that gives a lot of good information on my condition, which I not-so lovingly think of as iWRONGis.

The doctor said all is quiet and CALM with my eye at the moment and that I need to stay on one type of medication for a period of time to get it to take effect. Over the course of the past nearly three weeks, I’ve been on about four different meds, which actually hinders the healing.

Basically what has happened is this: the cells that normally float around in my eye clumped up into what he calls muttonfat (lovely term, right). When the iris got irritated, it slufffed off a lot of these cells and they clumped up. That’s what is quite alarming to some eye professionals, basically I have large clumps of cells floating around in my eye (which kind of freaks me out). He did say the medication takes a while to dissolve these clumps of cells and it won’t happen overnight. And switching from one med to the other does not help it heal faster as I mentioned above.

My doctor is going to start tapering me off the meds and monitor my eye in case of a flare-up, which will require me to travel about an hour and a half for a bit until this problems clears up. But it’s a small price to be doing better, right?

He did not say this would be chronic. He is hoping it isn’t. All my blood test results came back clear (all except blood sugar, which I will have to work on now too). And now I have to learn to recognize the signs of flare-up and keep track of it. No waiting until it gets unbearable.

So, it’s been a long few weeks. A frustrating few weeks. And three doctors later, I have the answers I need, the education I need and hopefully am on my way to recovery.

So there you have it….good news….FINALLY. And oh yeah, my co-workers will be estatic to hear I am allowed to quit using the eye dilator now. I will be finally able to see my page proofs!!

Update!

I’ve officially lost 17 pounds! That’s three pounds from 20!

It’s been a tough road learning how to eat healthy and cutting back on things that are horrible for me.

And the real test was when I “unliked” Diet Coke on Facebook today. I’ve quit drinking soda pop totally so no sense in being reminded of my old friend!

Snow snow and more snow!

This is a pretty scene from the university in my town. We have about 14 inches of snow on the ground. Normally I’d be running around taking lovely pictures, but with an eye that is dilated, it’s nearly impossible, even with sunglasses! Boo, right?

But, on the up side, it’s really pretty here. And I thought I’d share a little picture with you!

News on my eye :0(

I have been dealing with terrible eye problems. What I have is a severe form of Iritis. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s inflammation of the Iris in my eye. It started out very painful and now is still light sensitive.

WebMD says:

“The iris is made up of muscular fibers that control the amount of light entering the pupil so that we can see clearly. The iris accomplishes this task by making the pupil smaller in bright light and larger in dim light. In some people, the iris can become inflamed. This is termed iritis.”

They are treating my eye with one eye drop to reduce pressure, one to dilate the eye (so the iris can rest) and one steroid to treat the inflammation. Oh, and an oral steroid too because the eye steroid wasn’t quite cutting it.

Currently, I am playing it “cool” at work by wearing sunglasses. Because my eye is dilated, I have to keep the light at bay somehow or it gets to be pretty painful. It’s become quite the joke at work. But at least we all have a sense of humor about it!

So there’s a short synopsis on what’s going on with me. “”