A New Phobia

Well, I just discovered tonight (after 2 & a half years) that Angel has a phobia.  This is in addition to her previously known phobia of fuzz captured on camera, HERE.

As I was searching the internet for the term for this new one, I came across a blog post listing & describing the Top 10 Bizarre Phobias, but to no avail. This fear was not to be found on a list. So what is it that Angel’s so afraid of, you ask?

Automatic Car Washes.

Below are the shots her Daddy took with his iphone camera, in order, as the car went through (just after playing at Dairy Queen). Let’s see if you can tell which shots were taken when the brushes were pressed up against the windows:

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Happy-go-lucky, sweet & sweaty Angel at Dairy Queen (the mercury crawled up to 103 today)

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What’s goin’ on…where are we?

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Attack of the blue brushes

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…and from all angles?!

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Please don’t hurt me. I mean you no harm, soapy robot

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Make it stop! Daaaaaaaaddy!

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The quiet before the storm

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Loud noises, invisible forces!

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The Dry Cycle, cont’d

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It stopped. Did it stop? Where are we?

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The light of day:  freedom is in sight

night terror

what are they? a night terror (pavor nocturnus) is a parasomnia sleep disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. the subject wakes abruptly from deep slow-wave sleep, gasping, moaning or screaming. after the episode, the subject normally settles back to sleep without waking. a night terror can rarely be recalled.

they’re not nightmares. they’re not recalled dreams. they’re a controlling combo of anxiety, tension & fear, (usually of insects or other attacking things) lasting as short as 1 minute… up to 20. the lack of a dream itself leaves those awakened in a state of disorientation much more severe than that caused by a normal nightmare. amnesia can follow, leaving one unable to recall their name or location for a short time.

what happens? my husband (who gives permission to write this) has suffered from this sleep disorder for years. his terrors are based around snakes or suffocation. Continue reading