I'm a teacher, which means frequent time off. Most people have reason to celebrate this and tell me how lucky I am. But for me, the time off is a bit of a curse. It's during these breaks that my anxiety (100% health related anxiety is at its worst.
I know that if I can plan ahead of time, schedule lots of activities and have something to focus on, the anxiety is less. So, for this winter break, I begged and pleaded with my husband to let us get a dog. Having a rescue dog to work with would be a perfect project. And besides, dogs are supposed to reduce anxiety. But our adorable rescue dog apparently has giardia and roundworm--both something humans can pick up. She's between treatments right now, but I'm convinced that my son or I will get the roundworms. Despite the fact that we are very conscientious about our handwashing. And as she likes to go out and, well, sample what she has already deposited, I can't help thinking she is just going to reinfect herself and us with it. So this dog, who I got to keep me calm and focused has me worried on a grand scale...so much that I have stomach upset probably from all that worry. I've made an appt with my doctor just to be sure. I know this seems like a silly thing to worry about, and her vet reassures me that the chances of us getting it are slim. But I've looked up what roundworms do with humans (I know, I should never have Googled it) and some of it is pretty scary.
Now my husband is mad because I was the one who wanted the dog, and now I am too freaked out to be around her and take care of her. Help? I could use some positive and rational thoughts right now.