UK woman Velma Lyrae gets pain in her ears, stabbing in her head and red-hot poker sensations when she gets anywhere near a cellphone or wifi. Some would call this a psychosomatic disorder or paranoid schizophrenia, but she insists she is sane and suffering from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS).
“ I [would] feel a huge agitation when using the computer, but I thought it was just because I didn’t have the technological skills … Now I know that I was starting to feel the symptoms of my EHS. I don’t have a job and my social life is non-existent,” Lyrae explains.
How does she deal with having EHS in our technology-heavy society, you ask? Good question! She uses a specially protected laptop, wears a scarf on her head at all times when she leaves the house, I mean, her cage. Did I mention she lives in a cage she built herself with second-hand materials? Sorry, almost forgot that detail.
“I can’t do anything that normal people do without my symptoms showing. I have to do everything in my cage — eat, sleep, read, write,” she laments.
To compensate for the ennui of cage life, Lyrae collects dead wasps that she believes are being killed by the non-compact light bulbs in her flat. Outside of her cage, of course. I believe this has something to do with the radiation those light bulbs are giving off, which has something to do with her disorder, but I’m not sure how it all comes together.
She kind of reminds me of the middle school teacher I had who taught us that extraterrestrials built the pyramids. I’m wondering if shrinks make cage visits? [The Sun UK]