I was doing so well... for almost four months, I was anxiety free. No symptoms, no worries, and just contentment.
Then, I innocently clicked on a story on Accuweather (of all places!) about the flu for the season, and the fact that H1N1 is killing younger people with no pre-existing health conditions. In fact, the internet is ablaze with stories of the like, including in our local paper. I can't believe how much people are talking about the flu, I never really paid attention to it before. And the stories all sound so dire, like the plague has befallen us.
Now, I'm panicking.
I haven't had a flu shot (well... ever), because I generally don't get the flu. To be honest, I'm terrified of getting one - I have PTSD from several incidences of anaphylactic shock and get extremely afraid to try new foods and medications as a result. Also, the vaccine opponents have a lot of curious and frightening things to say about the shot, not to mention that the effectiveness is only like 60%.
I'm not high risk, I know. I don't have pre-existing conditions, I live alone, I work in a small office with little interaction. I take care of myself and practice impeccable hygiene. I rarely get sick with colds or flus.
Lately it feels like there is always a grim reaper around every corner. Always a disease or health condition waiting to kill out of the blue. It's depressing.
Any words of advice?