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Nightmares, 2 years later...

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  1. jvolleygirl10

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Mon Mar 5 2012 22:49:30

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    So we overcame the bedbug infestation in queens over 2 years ago by moving far far away to a country like setting. I'll admit, about a year after we had BB problems, i still checked the bed every night, but I finally got over that stage as well. Was sleeping like a rock never had a dream, slept through 8 alarms every morning for the past 8 months and then BAM just like that, no more sleeping. up all night. when i do sleep, i have BB nightmares, wake up thinking its real and will stare at the sheets waiting for movement until the alarm goes off for work. Usually between 3-6am. I don't know how to stop it. its becoming a daily routine and I can't focus the rest of the day because of it. At the end of march, my bf and I want to take a vacation for our 4 year anniv., however, i'm going to have to come up with a different plan because i REFUSE to stay at a hotel... Does anyone know how to come over a fear of a stupid vampire bug?! I feel really lame for admitting this is my biggest fear. And If we ever got infested, i would sell my house in a heart beat and get the hell out of dodge.. Any words of advice are welcome.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Mar 6 2012 6:37:44

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    As anyone who has faced and overcome an issue will tell you the first and biggest step is acknowledging it, well done for taking it.

    On the big plus side you clearly have some support around you but with this kind of issue its likely that just like dealing with bedbugs experienced and specialist help will help you get down the path a little faster than walking it alone.

    I would strongly suggest you to look at help with a councilor or therapist to work the issues out with so you can get things back on track. It may be that a current issue or stress has caused the older issues to resurface which is why these things can be so complex and time consuming to resolve.

    I hope you find the peace you deserve.


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  3. Scritch

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Jul 5 2012 21:05:01

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    Do you mind my asking where in Queens you were?

  4. AshamedandScratching

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Jul 5 2012 23:10:48

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    I moved out an infestation and I identify with what you're talking about. Sometimes I wake up convinced its bugs.

    It helped me immensely when I went through a similar scenario a couple of weeks ago--multiple bites overnight, linear patterning. Ultimately, I was able to figure out what was really going on. Gnats that bite and feed on your blood. I took some steps and I seem to have fixed it. Knowing that the past experience I have had with BBs prepared me to handle a new BB threat really empowered me.

    When I wake up like this, instead of being afraid of the bugs, I start a checklist. When did I last inspect? Any red flags? When did I last clean? Usually, I'm on top of it enough that can eliminate a realistic fear of BB. Then I start working my way through my fears. Why BBs tonight? What was I doing this evening? Usually, i can calm myself that I've done enough to handle the situation. Or I can figure out what I'm really afraid of and make a list of what I need to do to take car of that. Both alleviate my anxiety and let me get some good sleep.

    I am a big fan of therapy for anxiety/fear issues.

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