Do you know what it feels like to fear something so much that you are physically ill? Do you know what it feels like to be woken from a deep sleep at 4AM and stuck in the bathroom sick for an hour, for no logical reason? I never knew the fear I know now, until I lost my Daddy.
I completely changed that day. Now I love every day in the fear that I am going to lose someone close to me. If it takes Ernie 15 minutes longer than normal to get to work, I'm in a panic. If he does not text me to let me know he made it to work, or if he texts, but forgets to hit send, I am a basket case. I will be physically sick, thinking of every possible thing that could have gone wrong on his drive into work.
If I don't hear from him occasionally during the day, fear creeps in again. Our oldest child sent back to public school this year, after 5 years of homeschooling. Most of the students have smartphones now and I know his is with him all of the time. If I text and cannot get a reply fairly quickly, I will text over and over and panic that something may have happened at school. Thankfully he has figured out that he can send me a message on fb to tell me when to pick him up or whatever and that helps ease my worry. I have been known to check the school's website to see if he's eaten lunch so I know he was fine at least that long.
Part of the reason I homeschool my kids is because of fear of something happening to them at school. Whether it's a teacher that does something inconceivable or a child with a gun or any other kind of disaster. I think allowing my son to go to high school this year has stretched me and really helped in my prayer life and trusting that God is going up protect him.
Leading up to my husband's 35th birthday, I was having panic attacks. My Dad died at 35 and I was paranoid that somehow the same thing was going to happen to him. I knew that he would not die the same way, he does not have epilepsy, but I still worried. As I got close to 35, the paranoia started again. I was terrified that I was going to die. It makes absolutely no sense, but I was still fearful.
My extended family seem to all be worriers. I don't know if we just pick it up without realizing it or if it's just something that some of us deal with day to day. My babies have always co-slept. Not only because I want them close, but because of my fear of SIDS.
To combat these fears, that can sometimes be debilitating, I read the Bible, meditate on scripture, do a lot of praying, distract myself by being busy and when nothing seems to be working or it's extremely bad, I take Xanax. I hate taking medication for it, but right now, that is where I am.