OMG, I just found this thread, as well. Like so many PP, I had no idea there was a name for this. Honestly, it's very comforting to know I'm not alone in this deep, deep fear. This season, with all the stomach bugs, I'm just compeltely and utterly FREAKING out. I read that thread in TAO about the "puking illness" and thought I was going to get sick right on the spot. I medicate myself and my older DD every day to keep us healthy. I down vitamin C, take immune boosters, probiotics, wash hands about 100 times a day . . .
I read Melaya's post that not throwing up in many years must mean you have a true case of the phobia. I find that interesting. Until two winters ago I hadn't thrown up in probably 15 years? One bad case of something one night. It was truly, insanely miserable and I was terrified the whole time. I would probably rather give birth than go through that again, and that's saying alot for me because I HATE giving birth!
I want so, so, so badly to get over this fear. Like PP I avoid alot of things this time of year because of my fear. I don't want to pass this on to my DDs
I want them to have healthy hygeine habits, but not be as freaked as I am about things. My freaking is on the inside, I guess!
I have no problem with DD getting sick. She was puking right before her first birthday and I had no problem caring for her and don't even remember caring about getting sick myself, I guess I was in overdrive mama-mode.
Not sure if anyone is going to post to this thread anymore, but I will subscribe to it. I could use the support, especially this time of year. My DP is going our of town for almost two weeks next month and I literally pray every day that we don't get this illness while he is away.