To Bessie Lehy (Jan7) About those needle pricks:
Although I have enough high-anxiety experiences, or at least did a couple months ago, the needle thing I might know how to cope with. (Unless being there in lab is already a signif. stressful thing.) Others get those needle pricks too, right?, 'cause it's hard to think I'm the only one has that happen. Well OK if quite a few others have that happening and it were a bit of a risk, there would be general awareness and there would be discussion of it.
My idea here: we're all in this together and I trust those around me. (Kind of lemming like, I admit. :)
If I am surrounded by others (others I trust, not morons) who are at the same level of risk I am, I figure I won't worry (take precautions, prepare to flee) any more than them. I'm odd in that I have panics, or did sometimes in the pasth, but am not odd in the way I experience solidarity with (some) others. Comfort in numbers (OK just on this one issue. lol )
Am afraid of heights, a bit. I could well be afraid of going over by a balcony rail, afraid balcony'd collapse, but!: Say if a bunch of ppl were standing by the rail, and then a few came away from it so I would not have to worry that my weight adding to... well you know. I could go join that slightly-reduced number of ppl, with a confidence that these ppl weren't falling so I'd be OK. . . /cheers