Beating up on my phobia

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percycat
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   Posted 9/24/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
All,
 
I've been kind of swamped at work lately and haven't shared this great news yet: I finally overcame a longterm phobia!
 
I'd been afraid to eat certain foods because my first panic attacks were brought on by feeling my throat closing after eating something - something very familiar, mind you, but an allergic reaction was the first diagnosis.  With trip after trip to the ER coming about from this same physical sensation, I became convinced that I really did have a sudden food allergy and avoided the trigger food and anything like it (nuts, mostly) like the plague.  Even after negative allergy tests and a correct diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux, I couldn't let go of the phobic fear.
 
I got to where if I even smelled nuts anywhere, I'd get panicky and woozy and scared to death.  A few years ago, I tried eating some at the ER waiting room to get over the fear, but it didn't "stick."  Yes, I came out just fine and healthy, but still scared, scared, scared of nuts.
 
So (drum roll), a couple of weekends ago, I got up the gumption to eat some peanut ice cream *at home*, not at the ER, and without an Epipen nearby, and with absolutely no fear or jitters or wooziness or anything.  And I did it again the next day!  Wheeeeeeeeee!
 
Now I'm planning to make those chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies (they have peanut butter in them) and just gobble away.
 
percycat

katekate888
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat,
That is great news to hear! I know the feeling when you can overcome something that once gave you the heebie jeebies! congrats!

ps, i hope being swamped at work doesnt trigger any other anxieties!

truly,
kate

Junebug05
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat,
 
That is wonderful news.  It's amazing what the mind can make us believe and even more so how we can turn it around.  You showed amazing courage is confronting such an enormous fear and plowing right through it.  Yay for you!

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   Posted 9/25/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Percy

Kudos to you and celebrate.  Now you can go to Dairy Queen for a Peanut Buster Parfait. Doesn't  it feel good to get past a phobia and know you have made this huge step?

I am very proud of you. smilewinkgrin
Hugs

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travis5818
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
A congratulations is definitely in order Percy. Great job ! :)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/28/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah                yeah               yeah                     yeah                   yeah                       yeah
 
   Percycat.......Percycat.....
.
                      Proud of you
 
I is doing the HAPPY and PROUD dance on one foot
( other is too swollen) BUT this is a BIG step my friend
 
turn  Ya did it .......ya did it ........ya really did
 
WE are all so proud of you and pat youself on the back
YOU deserve alot of POKER chips smilewinkgrin
 
idea  I know of an easy recipe for Peanut butter cookies
1 cup of PB
 1 cup of sugar
1 egg
mix with a fork and yahhooooooooo
Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes
THEY are soft and soooooo yummy
 
**Dont squash them down just put a blob of mix right on cookie sheet
Use to make these with cait when she was young and
So easy she made them by 4 yrs old........
With supervision turn  
 
Luvs
LYN
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Buddha443556
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   Posted 9/28/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah yeah yeah yeah

That's great!! Way to go!!

Don't forget cookies and milk go together ... just in case you forgot.

Great now I'm hungry!! tongue

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/28/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
ROFLMBO

You like PB cookies Buddha
It's an easy and quick fix for the "hungries "

Take care friend.......LYN
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percycat
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   Posted 9/28/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn,

Thanks for the recipe. In honor of my phobia smack-down, I'll make them soon.

I bought cashews at the grocery store today...Taking on my nuttiness one nut at a time!

percycat
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