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emetophobes, it's that time of year :(

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devilinside Mon 07-Oct-13 09:31:28

First bucket sighting at school this morning. My sister had norovirus last week after attending a party where some selfish buggers thought it was acceptable to bring along a vomiting toddler. Most of the other guests got the bug including an elderly man. Feel free to add your rants and worries here.

Balaboosta Fri 11-Oct-13 17:35:41

Ooh hello - a thread just for us! That's nice never found it before. Hi everyone.

And yes, I've had the feeling of impending doom at this time of year as well...! It's so so so horrible and it ruins my life.

But... Wanted to say that I've seen a gigantic improvement in my anxiety since I began meditation last Christmas. The programme I've been following is this:

Please ask me anything about it. It's been amazing and only 'relapsed' a little this week with this feeling of impending doom.

TrinityRhino Fri 11-Oct-13 17:46:35

thankyou for that link
thankyou very much smile

idiot55 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:44:35

Ive been up all night feeling v v v sick, took loads of motilium, didnt vomit but had diarhhea. Sure its a bug as i had the weird tired feeling yesterday and slight temp.

Bloomin horrible.

So so hoping i dont pass it on to anyone.

Anyone else tried motilium?

TobyLerone Sat 12-Oct-13 19:37:45

I love Motilium. Can't take it currently because I'm pregnant, but I usually have some in my bag at all times.

justmuddlingalongsomehow Sat 12-Oct-13 19:47:27

DS complained of tummy ache again this evening. Hoping it's just because he fell asleep sideways in his car seat after eating crap at a party. This evening he is sitting next to me munching his dinner, no mention of tummy ache for over an hour. But I am a wreck sad and can't eat a bite.

justmuddlingalongsomehow Sat 12-Oct-13 19:47:42

DS complained of tummy ache again this evening. Hoping it's just because he fell asleep sideways in his car seat after eating crap at a party. This evening he is sitting next to me munching his dinner, no mention of tummy ache for over an hour. But I am a wreck sad and can't eat a bite.

idiot55 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:23:55

My 9 year ols is now feeling sick, gave er half a motilium, hope she will be ok.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 01:22:05

Ooo, motillium, never heard of that, must google it.
DD (who is never sick) has been sick in the night, trying to get back to sleep now after dealing with it sad

idiot55 Sun 13-Oct-13 08:05:51

Hope your daughter is ok this morning whispers. My 9 year ols is still asleep but no sick in the night, my 5 year old has on the other hand had diarrhea all night!

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 08:17:58

Thanks idiot, sadly it continued until about 4 this morning and DH was ill too sad The only good thing really is that he thinks it's food poisoning (we went to a restaurant yesterday and he pinched a bit of her food), so fingers crossed it's not catchable. We won't be eating there again!

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 08:19:38

Sorry, hope your 5 yo is ok!

justmuddlingalongsomehow Sun 13-Oct-13 08:29:43

Oh yuck whispers what a hideous night. Hope not a big linked to your little one being dick in the carpark during the week? Hope you all have a restful sunday!

justmuddlingalongsomehow Sun 13-Oct-13 08:30:05

Bug bug blooming fat fingers on my phone!

justmuddlingalongsomehow Sun 13-Oct-13 08:32:51

Being sick obviously not dick
<searches for new phone>

Bumpiemalumpie Sun 13-Oct-13 08:44:29

hello, can I join? I actually never thought there was anyone else who felt the same as I do!!

idiot55 Sun 13-Oct-13 08:54:22

Gosh whispers, fingers crossed they feel better soon.

Hi bumpie, i remember a big sense of relief when i found there was a name and other people thought and felt the same as me.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 11:33:37

I know, Just, I am really hoping it's not related and is just an awful coincidence! Has been a terrible week, this is the most sickness we have had in the house in the last ten years!! I have escaped though thankfully, and intend to keep it that waysmile

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 11:35:59

I remember feeling a similar sense of relief at finding out it wasn't just me. I think I remember reading that it is the 6th most common phobia?
Does anyone want to share their stories about how they came to be phobic and their progress since?

idiot55 Sun 13-Oct-13 13:30:35

I became phobic when my eldest daughter was about 15 months and picked up norovirus three times in a year and other vomiting bugs inbetween and then rotavirus. She was at a particular unstringent nurserry!

I had CBT on and off for five years, i think it helped a bit.

I used to be quite agrophobic because of it, ive improved a bit, for the sake of my children.
My younger daughter has a gastrointestional disorder that means she vomitsmquite a bit, but its a selfish thing for me, I am frightened of me vomiting, so its specifically bugs i am frightened of.

It rulesmand ruins my life to a degree, i am embarrassed about some of the things i do to try and avoid either myself or my children picking up,bugs.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 13-Oct-13 16:14:02

I am mostly phobic for myself too, although really really hate hearing other people as wellsad

Mine started when I was 18, just started Uni and had a boyfriend be sick in a really echoey bathroom next to my room. The next week he was over again and I had a sudden wave of nausea which resulted in a panic attack and a trip to A&E as boyfriend thought that I couldn't breathe.
After the panic attack had subsided, I was diagnosed with gastritis and a possible stomach ulcer, but this was never confirmed. Took me a while to connect the stomach issues/panic attacks and emetophobia. I wasn't sick for the next 9 years as I learnt to control it very well, until I was in labour with dc1 as I was distracted by being in labour so couldn't control it!
Then also had a stomach bug when dc1 was 7 weeks old. I have been ok since then, I have had virtually no periods of nausea and the accompanying panic attacks. Just really hoping that I can continue like that as this week has made me very very anxious, I haven't felt like this since dc1 was born (nearly 4 years ago), but then I've not been in this situation before! I really thought I was well recovered until today sad

monikar Mon 14-Oct-13 10:53:01

I find that when I hear that someone has been sick it brings on a huge amount of wiping with anit-bacterial wipes or cleaner - does anyone else have this? I wipe taps, doorhandles, all surfaces, anything either I or the DC have touched.

If someone in the house is actually sick, my wiping increases further.

It makes me cross to hear that people send their children into school the day after they have been sick - unfortunately the 48 hour rule is something that is impossible to enforce.

idiot55 Mon 14-Oct-13 17:53:03

Oh whisper, i hope things improve.

Monikar, i do,that too, with antiviral wipes!

My daughter is in hospital a lot and i gomaround cleaning the bed, anything with antiviral,stuff and bleach!

A huge worry to me is any psychologicalmeffect this will have on my kids.

They just laugh at me, and we make a joke of it.

WhispersOfWickedness Mon 14-Oct-13 19:17:48

Everyone's recovered and all bedding, towels etc have been thoroughly washed. 4 loads!! Ugh sad

Still, glad it's all over, pretty certain that it was food poisoning which is a great relief to me.

Balaboosta Mon 14-Oct-13 22:08:56

Sending good vibrations to the mummies with sick DCs.

Love this thread... Thank you for sharing stories.

It's comforting to hold (well-disinfected!) hands on this strange thing we all struggle with. Has any of you ever met another fellow emetophobe in RL? So strange to share something that otherwise feels so obscure and unusual...

Balaboosta Mon 14-Oct-13 22:11:09

whispers I do this, madly trying to diagnose the reason for any sickness in the family with tummy bugs given a higher status on the anxiety levels than food poisoning.

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