Hi. Im new here. Ive been doing really great for the past 2 years. Anxiety, OCD has been pretty minimal thanks to medication and some relaxing techniques. Anyway Im glad these forums exist - its nice to meet others that share your struggles. Not that I wish anxiety on anyone.
So the past week, ive been struggling with some health issues. Irritable bowel and headaches. My OCD has returned with a vengeance after having these health issues
My compulsions are researching topics that worry me, hand washing. I fear Im going to get sick from raw meat, expired foods, parasites.
So the reason Im posting: We have a raccoon that keeps getting into our trash. This morning I went out and cleaned it up again. They knocked the cans over even with stuff stacked on top.. I didn't have gloves in the house, so used plastic bags over my hands to clean the mess up. I sprayed the trash cans with bleach. Now the trash bins are stored in our shed.
So I come inside and think about raccoon's and how they carry rabies and many other diseases. But what really freaked me out is what i read about their feces. It is very deadly due the roundworm. Ugh. I didn't actually see feces or smell it, but my thoughts tell me it was there. In the past I would've avoided cleaning up the mess and had my husband do it, but now I try to push past my fears and take care of things.
So Ive lectured my kids about not going barefoot outside, even though we always do. I'm freaking out. I'm even trying to be like oh well, whatever about it - but I cant stop worrying. Thanks for reading. Any suggestions?