Well, I guess I have emetophobia. I have struggled with this phobia for as long as I can remember. My reaction to vomit (can I use that word on here?) is like the ones I have read about....covering my ears, running from the room, leaving the scene entirely, etc. I absolutely cannot be around it, hear it, see it, or heaven forbid get close enough to smell it. The funny thing is, on the rare occasion that I am sick, it does not bother me to be sick. Of course, I don't like it, but it doesn't freak me out nearly as much as when other people do it. Recently, there have been several incidents when I have been around it and I decided to seriously look into this issue.
One fear in particular: My husband drinks. I do not. I have always feared the one day he will get so intoxicated that he will vomit in his sleep and not know he has done it. Two weeks ago, we were entertaining a group of friends and my husband passed out from drinking. I went in the room to check on him at the very moment that he started to throw up...while he was passed out. He had no idea that he was getting sick! He outweighs me by about 40 pounds and I could not move him! I had to grab his arm and try to pull him up out of the bed. Fortunately, his friends were there and could get him to the bathroom where he got sick everywhere. I could not take care of him, I could not go in the bathroom to check on him, I was terrified. My stomach was churning and I was in total panic mode. I "slept" maybe 3 hours that night.... in my car.
I am 29 years old and a teacher. This phobia absolutely has to stop! Fortunately, I teach high schoolers and they pretty much know to get out of the room if they are going to be sick although I am sure the day will come when...well you know. My husband cannot understand how real this fear is and he thinks I am wasting my time being so fearful. To see him drink, even just a beer or two will never be the same. I literally witnessed by biggest fear coming true two weeks ago and I fear it has pushed me over the edge! What if I had not been in the room at that very moment?!
Since the incident two weeks ago, I have not slept well, and cannot stop re-playing the incident in my head. It took a little more than one week before I could sleep without waking up with every move he made to ensure that he was not vomiting in his sleep. I am mad at myself for this ridiculousness and am terrified that it will control my life.
Although I don't have major issues with eating, I do have major issues with people even mentioning that their stomach hurts. It's odd to me that some things severely bother me and others don't bother me at all. I have a niece who is a baby and her vomit does not bother me in the least.
I need answers!! Or at least just shared experiences....