Suppose, perhaps, that people were recovering actual memories? And suppose that there was a way to make sense of it without delving into the weird? Econo-Girl has an idea.
Econo-Girl saw a documentary on people who recovered memories on space alien abductions. A striking similarity ran through the stories. Namely, the creatures had big eyes, stuck things into their orafices, picked them up and transported them seemingly though the air, and were sometimes assisted by shorter space aliens. Right so far?
All of the above would describe the experiences of a newborn baby. And the short aliens would be siblings. Remember, a baby's eyesight is still not developed fully. It is entirely possible that what people are describing applies to how an infant would see their parents and feel about having their temperature taken. Just a thought. Approaching it from another angle would take some of the horror out of the situation. And the recovered memory thing would be right, too. It's just giving the memory another context gives it an entire new meaning.