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do-over
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   Posted 12/11/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
in a nutshell, my greatest anxiety comes from this irrational phobia of vomitting or being sick.  i'm not like "Monk", but I do worry all the time whenever i hear that someone is ill.  I wash my hands til they are dry and brittle.  I don't eat some foods if I think they are on the verge of being 'if-y'. 
 
anyway ... my ex husband had the stomach flu this past week, and our sons were with him last weekend.  so of course i have been convinced I am going to get it any moment now.  but my son came in and woke me a while ago saying that his stomach really really hurt. 
 
so now i am in full on panic mode.  scrubbing toilets and buckets and lining up gingerale and crackers.  i'm so anxious i'm about to vomit myself, and not sure if I'm truely SICK or just worrying myself into a spin. 
 
son is asleep ... so is everyone else here .. but i am wide awake .. can't sleep .. tried but keep getting hit by waves of 'oh God I'm gonna be sick.  we're gonna miss the christmas party.  we're going to miss the hanakkah party.  we're going to miss band auditions.  we're going to be sick .......'
 
i have klonopin .. which i have had to take every day this week .. and already took one today ... before work .. and now am thinking another is in order .. but i worry about that too .. will i get dependant on it?  is it hard to QUIT taking?  i am also phobic about being hooked/dependant on certain types of meds.  (bad hx of that)
 
whew ... sorry .. so long and not contributing to anything.  my poor kids ... their mother is such a worrier and SO neurotic. 

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/11/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
hey we all get sick, and if you go into panic mode you will get sick via the anxiety. germs are a part of life. i can sense the obsessive, maybe refocusing on something else might help. i get sick a lot, gastro, anxiety, stress, etc. i also get sick period. i do not do well when i am near someone being sick either. try relaxation, your thoughts are compounding your anxiety and obsessiveness, thus try to relax, focus on a book, and or any other task, the more positive the task the better. hope this helps, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/11/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
The current tummy virus that is hitting out town in mid-Michigan is a fast mover and hits like a ton of bricks. If you get it, those buckets and the crackers and ginger ale will all be used, believe me! But you will be better in about 24 to 36 hours if it's that one. Zip, zap and you're done. If you get it you won't need to be nervous about it because you will feel rotten and when you feel better it's like heaven! The getting sick part almost makes you glad you GOT SICK because you really appreciate being well.

Good luck with this. Hope you dodge the bullet.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


do-over
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   Posted 12/12/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Jamie ..... thanks. I tried to 'step away' from the 'prep for disaster' mode and instead of scurrying and worrying, I made myself sit down and BREATHE. Then I looked through a pile of magazines that my mom gave me ... and tried to focus on finding a cookie recipe that we can make together. Not necessarily a BIG task, but it got my focus off of my panic.

Jeannie ... uh oh .. sounds like the the flu has already come to your house. when i was a full time mom and didn't have to BE somewhere all the time (work) and when it's not holiday time (so many time commitments) my anxiety about being sick was bad, but now that I have a job and a FULL calendar of obligations .... it's REALLY bad. (No time to lay around the house and be sick or recover these days!) We joked at work the other day that all we wanted for Christmas was a high fever ... because that's the only way we get a break form work. Kinda weird, huh? Anyway ... good to know that the 'feeling better' is such a relief ... and that it probably won't last long ...

Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just SCHEDULE being sick? Good grief ... just the THOUGHT that that is going through my mind makes me think that I am TOOOOOO busy! But with 3 kids in 3 schools, a new (demanding!) full time job, and a hubby that owns his own business and also starts a "real' job on Monday, and two aging parents who live a mile away, I'm not honestly sure what I can cut out of the calendar!

whew ... well ... at least I got to sleep, and didn't explode, and didn't take the klonopin (ha ha .. i wimped out on that because it was in the car and it's about ZERO degrees out there) and found a easy, yummy, cheap recipe for cookies that I'm going to try to make with my daughter today .....

I think that means success, right? :)

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/12/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
right!!!!!!!!! jamie. idea
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


getting by
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   Posted 12/12/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, this does mean success.  Do you get a flu shot?  I get one every year and it really helps.  If you are washing your hands a lot, do you use any lotion to counteract the dryness?  That would really help.  I use lubriderm, it is good, I get unscented because of sensitive skin.  Another good one is, neutrogena.  But I always get the unscented.  This will keep your hands soft even with washing all of the time. 
 
I am glad that you made the cookies.  Sounds yummy.  Take things one day at a time.  Try to live in the moment instead of worrying about the future.  This helps a lot with anxiety.  And breathing helps.  Focus on your breathing, breathe in through the nose (smelling the roses) and out throught the mouth (blowing out the candles).  This could help to bring your anxiety down. 
 
I think it is kind of common to worry about getting sick, especially when youn have so much on your plate.  Go for a flu shot next year.  It doesn't prevent all of the flus, but takes care of the major ones.  Taht would save you a lot of grief. 
 
Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.  We all really do care about you.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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