Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nothing to fear?

I learned last night that life can be dangerous as a carnivore. I cooked up some bacon to put on my leftover baked potato soup, and then I decided to make Eric a few pieces - he had to rush home from coaching basketball and leave right away for Broomball, so I thought some bacon would tide him over until he could eat a real dinner. 

The bacon attacked. No one warned me that grease can fly up and hit you and it really really hurts. 


Well, actually Eric did warn me, but apparently I didn't understand how to prevent it. So now I have a painful burn on my finger, and to make matters worse it's not even one that looks grotesque and will show up in pictures. Don't lie, you all know that when something really hurts, the only consolation is to show it off to the world and get sympathy. 

Nevertheless, the bacon was delicious, so I regret nothing.

Burns aside, yesterday was still horrible because I had to face my biggest phobia. Needles. I know most people have a completely irrational, paralyzing fear, so to fully appreciate this story, just pretend it's about that, instead of scoffing at me because needles aren't scary. Until I met my husband, I thought all people had such a fear. The closest I've seen him come to seeming afraid was when Hurricane Sandy hit before he could retrieve his beloved Xbox from his friend's house, and the Xbox was doomed to spend the hurricane below sea level in an area prone to flooding.

 Also, please spare me your stories of the torturous things the doctor will need to do to me involving needles when I'm pregnant because about 600 mothers have already took pains to enlighten me. Let's try to live in the now, and right now, I'm not pregnant, and I have a fear of needles.



As soon as I walked into work yesterday I remembered I was supposed to get my flu shot that day. I'm extremely lucky that I can just get my shot for free, at work. Still, I had scheduled an appointment with my doctor on Black Friday for one. My fear is so intense that I never know how I'll react so I would rather completely inconvenience myself by dealing with the doctor's office on my day off so that I could have a stranger administer the shot, and not risk shaming myself at work. 

But then I picked up a Black Friday shift at work, so that was out the window, and I was forced to take that risk. The shots were supposed to be given after the kids left for the day, but I made it about 2 hours before the anticipation nearly destroyed me, like Slapsgiving did to Barney.



I begged the nurse to give me mine early while my class was in library and she did, and I didn't cry or make a scene, so the day improved from there. My arm really hurts now, but it didn't seem to affect my Broomball game, so that's ok. 

I also did an easy 4 mile run in the dark, wearing a tank top and shorts before our game. I wanted to save my energy, because if we won,  we would make the playoffs. We tied, so now we won't know until all other teams play this week. Don't worry, I'll keep you informed.

What's your phobia? Would you ever/have you ever had to deal with it at work?

16 comments:

  1. Take a baking sheet and line it with foil and bake the bacon at 400 for about 10-12 minutes to avoid grease splatters on your stove top. You're welcome.

    The only needles I'm afraid of are the kind that go into my spinal cord.

    My phobia is heights so those team building things at ropes courses? That's a good way for coworkers to lose respect for me.

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  2. Well, we all know I'm afraid of flowers, so I really can't judge you for being afraid of something that might actually hurt you.

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  3. My dad likes to cook shirtless...unless he's making bacon. Bacon is lethal. I like Kara's idea. I'm going to have to try that. Of course there's also the microwavable bacon. I use that, but it really doesn't taste as good. I'm just a lazy cook.

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  4. I love bacon but hate cooking it because of that reason. Do you have a George Foreman? We use that and it splatters much less.

    Also terrified of needles. And I have a NEEDLE BIOPSY for this thyroid thing on Thurs. I'm going to cry.

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    1. Had that done. Not going to lie, it sucks :( Hang in there...

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  5. I managed to get over my phobia of needles when I did a clinical trial that required a blood draw every week for a year. Then it came back after pregnancy. Yeesh.

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  6. Snakes. Snakes are terrible, awful things. They don't have feet; how can you trust something that doesn't have feet? And the way their tongues dart out of their mouth flipping FREAKS me out. I hate those things. And yeah, when I used to work out in the field I'd run into them all the time. Always paralyzed me, regardless of whether or not it was just a litter baby or something. Blech.

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  7. I actually don't remember being poked that much while I was pregnant, but either that's a case of mommy brain, or it just doesn't bother me so I've already forgotten. Harrison just told me he'll come hold your hand for every one :)

    Is this the Xbox that Eric stayed up for like 30 hours to purchase and play?

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  8. heights. big time. luckily i'm grounded from 9-5 so there is no need to worry.

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  9. needles and spiders.

    I freak out the whole week before my flu shot.

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  10. I have a crazy fear of being late. I am always early to things, and if I can't be (which is usually the fault of someone else), I stress out big time.

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  11. Building on Kara's suggestion :

    -place bacon strips on pan (sprinkle with brown sugar if you want to experience heaven on earth)
    -remove from pan (after baking) and place on a pile of paper towels
    -revel in baked bacon, free of dangerous splatters

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  13. My sister has a phobia of needles and she has passed out more than once. I remember when we were little and had to get shots for school that a few extra nurses were always around to hold her down. I'm terrified of water which is why a triathlon is not in my future!

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  14. My phobias- cleaning (yes that a real phobia) and at work- being asked a technology question I don't know the answer to or how to fix something I don't know how to. Also I have Singlephobia (the fear of being single for the rest of my life)

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