If you have recently taken care of my child, spent any amount of time with me or them, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not text me at 9pm at night “how’s little one feeling? I THINK I might be coming down with a cold”. And then when I ask how your significant other is feeling and you reply “fine, it might just be my allergies hard to tell”. This is a HUGE red flag for those of us with OCD. I am now going to be watching myself and my children like a hawk for any sign of the plague coming our way. I am not even sure I am going to go to church tomorrow because I am worried about what’s floating around.
So here’s what you DO do. When you are SURE you are sick, then you text me and tell me that little one may have been exposed. Sure I will still freak out, and I will be scared to death that I am going to wind up with the plague or that my kids will, but don’t warn me until you know. I can’t handle the not knowing. The worrying. The feeling like I need to disinfect everything and everyone around me.
I know it makes me sound crazy. Germs are not the worst things in the world. A cold, the flu, a stomach bug lasts a couple days and you’e good to go. But the thought of them scare me to death. Something as simple as a sinus infection will have me lysoling everything. I won’t get near you. And don’t get me started on people who cough in public. I want to scream STAY HOME.
I sound so mean. But my brain screams DANGER DANGER at a small sniffle, or a scratchy throat. I know, I am crazy.