so, i usually post in the HA forum, but thought i'd post here on this topic. I have a huge fear of bedbugs. so much, that i have started to avoid traveling. i want to travel, but the anxiety of it, just outweighs any joy. when i do travel, i end up worrying about the bedbugs and how i am going to have to inspect all of my things and clean my luggage and then worry for weeks after getting back about having maybe brought them home with me.
the worst part of it is that i am worried that if we get bedbugs in our house, not only will it be a nightmare to get rid of them;, the painstaking process of me "checking" every nook and cranny and feeling anxious in my own home forever, but also that no one will want to come over again. mostly the anxiety stems around no one wanting to let their child come over and be with my child. he is an ONLY child, and he's socially awkward already. At 13, he is in that stage of middle school boy stuff and so it's already fragile. he really only has 3 friends that he hangs out with regularly already.
so, to sum it up, here is how the scenario plays out in my head:
we go on vacation, we check the room, everything seems good, although i worry the whole time. what if one bug was in that room and it hitches a ride with us. we get back, i have to inspect all of our stuff that we took with us, i spend hours doing that, cleaning it, washing, etc. then for weeks i am on edge because maybe i missed seeing the bug on something we brought home. then maybe we get bedbugs, and my son gets bites all over him, people know that we got bed bugs, his friends make fun of him, then the parents find out and won't let their kids ever come over again, and his friends don't invite him anywhere anymore. and to top that off, i have to feel ANXIOUS constantly because my house is infested with bugs.(not to mention the time and money, and tossing of our things, it would take to get rid of the bugs, if we ever even could get rid of them!)
someone, please help.. i just want to go to seattle this summer(where it seems even the finest hotels have a history of bedbugs)