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Chelsie After Dentist

Wow it’s been a while since I could sit down and write, and I’ve had this post bubbling inside the brain for a while. Four weeks ago I got a German Shepard puppy – which you can read about here – and he has been absolutely wonderful. Of course, there is so much time that goes in to making sure he’s house broken, not chewing on the things he shouldn’t be, and of course let’s not even begin to talk about early mornings and midnight potty breaks.

But I’m finally back into writing and I have a couple posts I’m excited to share with you. This is just the first of many that I’ve been saving up for my return to the keyboard. So, let’s get this party started.

I’ll just cut straight to the chase: as an emetophobic, are you scared of the dentist?

I’ve never liked the dentist, but it wasn’t until I started seeing a counselor that I worked through why that might be. I don’t like being in situations where I feel like if I were to get sick that it would either make a scene or be impossible for me to do so (well not actually impossible, but I’m sure you understand). The dentist basically wraps both of those things up into one, nice package.

Plus, when you add in that they are poking around in your mouth, drilling, sticking their hands in there… I always worry I’m going to swallow something I shouldn’t and choke, have them accidentally trigger my gag reflex, or worse – feel sick and not be able to get up and go somewhere else.

I also have a small worry that the tools they use aren’t sanitary and that someone who has been sick with the dreaded norovirus, or any stomach bug, used them before me and I’ll get sick. Of course, I know they wouldn’t be in business if their tools weren’t sanitary and all that, but it still sits in the back of my head once I’ve finished.

Is this something any of you suffer with too? Or are you totally fine with the dentist? Let me know in the comments and check back soon for some new posts. I’ve got some pretty cool stuff in mind I want to try and post in the coming months.

Until next time, Internet!

If you would like to email me, you can send any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions to contact@hashtagfearless.com. I will do my best to respond to you within 48 hours, but if for some reason I cannot get back to you in that time frame, I promise I will always respond as soon as possible. You can also find me on  FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

Lastly, I run an Emetophobia Support Group on Facebook. Emetophobia is the intense and irrational fear of throwing up, and it is one struggle I am passionately engaged in. The group is a closed, by request only group to help facilitate sharing and support by all members. It is also private, meaning that the posts you and others make will not show up publicly in your newsfeed.

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