Re: Question about hallucinations
Frank thinks someone is taking or has taken our car or truck, I'll show him they are in the driveway. He goes outside 8-10 times to check, I keep the doors locked but he still checks. I get frustrated when he wants me to go out and check or to call the police, I know it's very real to him, so I try to show him they ARE THERE and he can no longer dial the phone so I no longer worry about that. They say re-direct, but that doesn't work here.
Gerry, I'm going to play devil's advocate here. I don't really believe that it is always best to become a partner in our LO's delusions or that redirection is always possible. But let's just play "what if" for a minute. What if you agreed with him? What if you said, "Oh, the car is gone because Betty's broke down and she had an urgent errand so I let her borrow it." or "The truck is in the shop getting the muffler fixed." He is certain it is gone, so how about reassuring him there is a logical explanation and that it will be back? Or even playing along more thoroughly? "Oh dear! I thought I saw it in the driveway. If it is really gone perhaps I should call the police." Then dial the weather number and report the car missing. Assure him that they will be on the lookout for it. Or even tell him that they found it and will be returning it soon.
Since logical proof that it is still in the driveway doesn't convince him, might it be worth trying one of these approaches? If you decide to, do report back the results!