Saturday, October 15, 2011

Apparently I Post On the Weekend

Well, we're full on into cold season. Probably not flu season yet. I don't love thinking about being surrounded by sick people, but I'm doing much better than usual. This weekend I've scheduled a zillion errands, all of which will put me in contact with lots of potentially sick people.

This summer I developed a habit of taking a shower and making sure all my clothes hadn't been worn since I laundered them before going to my sister's house. At first I think it was a fear of bringing her my cat's (nonexistent) fleas, then it became a more generic OCD-germ thing. Today I'm going to see them. I will take a shower, because I'm objectively grimy. But I will be pulling my outfit from the "already worn once" pile. And I'm not going to avoid bringing her some coupons I saved, which I sometimes won't do if I feel like my house is dirty. It sounds small, but I'm pretty happy about the progress on this front.


  1. I really respect how you purposely plan exposures into your life on a regular basis. This, I think is the key to ongoing recovery. You are one of few people who actually does this from what I can see, and I think that is why so many people struggle with OCD sneaking back into their lives. I still WISH OCD would go away, and I am still working on accepting that I will have to be continually exposing myself to gay themed things in order to maintain recovery - once I actually get there!!

  2. Karin says:

    Those aren't 'small' things! They are huge things because they keep you going on your upward spiral. And after you do it once, you can do it again and again for different situations so it gets bigger exponentially. Way to go, Ann!

  3. That's great! I'm so happy to hear this. All steps forward move you toward your goal, so small, large, it wouldn't matter anyway. They all get you closer to your goal. : )

  4. Good for you for continuing to seek out exposures. You are on your way!

  5. Hi there,

    Im also suffering from OCD and its really hard sometimes. Good to hear that you are going in the right direction. You have a really nice blog btw :) Im thinking about start writing about my experience with OCD, but i dont know where to start.
    If youd like to talk you can chat with me on My username is express1 :) /Maria