I wanted to write this post because of a Twitter chat a few weeks ago where the question was about fears - I was almost embarrassed to admit that mine was vomit, but was then astonished at the amount of people who replied to me saying that was their fear too. After that I did some research, and although I don't know how accurate this is, I read that emetophobia is the fifth most common phobia. I was so surprised at that as I don't really think it is recognised as a valid phobia. So I thought I'd cobble together 10 things emetophobics (or me at least) want you to know:
1 - We don't just 'not like' sick. I constantly get people saying 'yeah, I don't like sick either.' Thank you for trying to understand, but I'm pretty sure nobody likes it!
2 - Sometimes you might feel offended when we turn down a night out with you. It's not because we don't want to spend time with you, it's because we don't want to spend the night in a club worrying about drunk people vomming everywhere.
3 - You might be our closest friend, but we will never hold your hair back. In fact we probably left as soon as you mentioned feeling queasy.
4 - We probably chose our occupation vaguely based on the risk of coming into contact with vomit. Teacher, nurse and vet got vetoed years ago.
5 - We don't find it funny if, on finding out, you pretend to be sick on us. At all.
6 - We will do everything in our power to avoid being sick. And we'll probably brag about how long it is since we were sick (17 years and proud FYI).
7 - Everyone else says we'll get over it when we have kids. Rather than put our minds at ease that just makes us not want to have kids...
8 - We're sorry if you ever eat chicken cooked by us because it's most probably horribly overcooked, possibly even burnt.
9 - If you get travel sick we won't even endure a ten minute bus ride with you.
10 - It's super annoying when people tell us it's a 'pathetic' phobia that we should just 'get over' when said person is probably scared of a pin sized spider. A phobia isn't supposed to be rational!
Hopefully that didn't come across as grumpy! Is this something you can relate to at all? Sorry if this is a really grim post!