Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kicked My Nemesis to the Curb!

Actually, I didn't, my aunt decided she didn't need chicken. But I was ready and willing to buy it, and I felt good about that. We did buy ground beef, though, chicken's good friend germ-wise, and I made it through with flying colors. What I'm most proud of is that I didn't ask my aunt to make any accommodations for my fears. I touched everything I needed to touch, and I let her give me a hug before I left. She did not, however, ride around in one of those electric scooter carts. Both of us were scared of those. :)


  1. I have been following your blog, many of your compulsions mimic my own. ( garbage cans and lawn chemicals freak me out) I live in the country with a septic system/drainage field under the lawn and you might imagine how fun that is for me. You have inspired me to do some exposures myself. I did well for about a week and felt so good.. and then took some steps backwards but I am not going to let that discourage me from pressing forward. By reading your blog it has made me realize how much "thinking through" people with OCD are stuck with. I get migraines and it's probably do to all the extra thinking I have to do just to do accomplish a task someone else would do without planning it to a T. Good Luck on your exposures.

  2. Thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment. I continue to be surprised at how hard it can be to be consistent with exposures, but also thrilled with how well they work.
    Good luck!

  3. Hurray for getting in there and facing the fear!

    And like Kris, I too spend a lot of time "thinking through" things, and it does take a lot of energy. It's almost magical to go to the store, buy what you need to buy, and hug your aunt.