Am I weird or what???

  1. How's that for asking a loaded question? LOL I have a phobia that is probably very wierd by most folks standards. If my feet are covered up and are hot, I cannot breath. Told you I was weird. I remember once, several years ago, I was having surgery. Prior to the surgery I made a point of asking them not to restrict my feet, you know how they tend to put those nasty little stockings on you, then mummy wrap your bottom half while you're strapped on to the bed......Anyhow, when I started waking up, I began to have irregular heat beats and I honestly couldn't breath. My vital signs went totally wacky and I went into respiratory distress. It took me a while to get them to understand that it was because my feet were all bound up and once they undid everything, I calmed back down and all vitals were normal. Why do you suppose this happens? I try very hard to control it but even if I wake up a night and find my feet are bound in the covers, I start having trouble breathing and my heart rate increases. I usually have to get up and walk it off to calm myself down. Are you ready to recommend a pysch, consult for me yet? To my knowledge I never had any incident when I was young that would cause this. I am also totally freaked out ny closed in spaces. I cannot go into a tanning bed. After many years of begging by my daughter, I tried to one, with her in the room with me. Again, I flipped out. I know lots of people get the hebegeebies at closed in spaces but the feet thing I cannot get a handle on. Any ideas on why this happens or am I just weird, like I thought???
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  3. by   kewlnurse
    Originally posted by Duckie:
    How's that for asking a loaded question? LOL I have a phobia that is probably very wierd by most folks standards. If my feet are covered up and are hot, I cannot breath. Told you I was weird. I remember once, several years ago, I was having surgery. Prior to the surgery I made a point of asking them not to restrict my feet, you know how they tend to put those nasty little stockings on you, then mummy wrap your bottom half while you're strapped on to the bed......Anyhow, when I started waking up, I began to have irregular heat beats and I honestly couldn't breath. My vital signs went totally wacky and I went into respiratory distress. It took me a while to get them to understand that it was because my feet were all bound up and once they undid everything, I calmed back down and all vitals were normal. Why do you suppose this happens? I try very hard to control it but even if I wake up a night and find my feet are bound in the covers, I start having trouble breathing and my heart rate increases. I usually have to get up and walk it off to calm myself down. Are you ready to recommend a pysch, consult for me yet? To my knowledge I never had any incident when I was young that would cause this. I am also totally freaked out ny closed in spaces. I cannot go into a tanning bed. After many years of begging by my daughter, I tried to one, with her in the room with me. Again, I flipped out. I know lots of people get the hebegeebies at closed in spaces but the feet thing I cannot get a handle on. Any ideas on why this happens or am I just weird, like I thought???

    Yeah, your weird.
  4. by   Tif
    Originally posted by Duckie:
    How's that for asking a loaded question? LOL I have a phobia that is probably very wierd by most folks standards. If my feet are covered up and are hot, I cannot breath. Told you I was weird. I remember once, several years ago, I was having surgery. Prior to the surgery I made a point of asking them not to restrict my feet, you know how they tend to put those nasty little stockings on you, then mummy wrap your bottom half while you're strapped on to the bed......Anyhow, when I started waking up, I began to have irregular heat beats and I honestly couldn't breath. My vital signs went totally wacky and I went into respiratory distress. It took me a while to get them to understand that it was because my feet were all bound up and once they undid everything, I calmed back down and all vitals were normal. Why do you suppose this happens? I try very hard to control it but even if I wake up a night and find my feet are bound in the covers, I start having trouble breathing and my heart rate increases. I usually have to get up and walk it off to calm myself down. Are you ready to recommend a pysch, consult for me yet? To my knowledge I never had any incident when I was young that would cause this. I am also totally freaked out ny closed in spaces. I cannot go into a tanning bed. After many years of begging by my daughter, I tried to one, with her in the room with me. Again, I flipped out. I know lots of people get the hebegeebies at closed in spaces but the feet thing I cannot get a handle on. Any ideas on why this happens or am I just weird, like I thought???
    Sorry no help here, Same thing here in mountains.Tif
  5. by   Hypoxic Pixel Eyes
    Duckie,
    No you are not weird.You are unique.
    Is your onset of the phobia only related to constriction of your lower appendages,or other evironmental conditions or appendages?
    I find phobias to be very interesting in that they seem to be linked only to life experience that has been "edited" by our subconciouse for some reason.
    In my life I have been dealing with an absolutely paralyzing fear of heights.Even a stepstool gives me a "pucker"lol:-)
    After years of not having a clue where this phobia had been incubated,I was having an conversation with one of my siblings and he reminded me of the time we tried to make(I was the instigator)parachutes out of bedsheets and facillitate the experiment from the top of a garage.I aparently had broken my arm and he wanted to know if I ever had any trouble with it.I had not a clue that I had broken my arm even though I was about 7y/o at the time(I am now 39) of the failed experiment and I recollect all the other circumstances surrounding it,I had apparently suppressed the trauma as my brother remembered it vividly since he was the older brother and was punished severly for my stupidity(as usual).The way he describes it,I got off easy with the broken arm:->
    I guess where I'm going with this jungleic diatribe is that isn't it logical that the etiology of all phobias would need to be mostly from the formative years when we are learning how to interpret what we are feeling as opposed to adulthood when we know we are full on scared s*#@less,for instance,the anticipation of the occurrence as opposed to wondering why Fight or Flight responses are affecting us?
    Do you have any siblings you can ask?Just by knowing where my fear of heights may have come from has made my fear of heights a little more tolerable.I can almost get to the top three rungs of an regular ladder without experiencing rigor mortis.
    I also think the fear of revisiting failure is an key component in this "editing".
    I would seriousely like to know what you think of how what I have posted relates to your situation, and look forward to your response.
    Any other phobias out there?
  6. by   cmggriff
    If we weren't weird, we wouldn't be nurses.
    Weird (adj) unusual, strange, rare in an unpleasant way.
    Unique (adj) one of a kind, rare, extremely unusual.
  7. by   lpnandloveit1
    yah you're weird, but aren't we all? I can't wear anything on my neck like necklaces and turtle necks. I feel as if I am choking and can't breathe. why see a shrink unless these things are interfereing with your life? If you need surgery again make sure they put a BIG note on the front of your chart ( ask to see it) build yourself a small foot tent with pvc pipe and keep the linens off of your feet and smile. as for small spaces don't go in them nobody needs a tan that bad.
  8. by   nursejanedough
    Duckie, Hypox, lpnand, etc., I needed a good laugh. Ya'll are great. Duckie, I can not have my feet tucked in. Kick off those covers, sheets, etc. I think we just want to be free! Hypox, I can go up to 6 feet on a ladder, that's it, you have great insight. lpnand.. I can not wear a turtle neck, hate it! We are all weird in our own ways. Are we a product of our environments? I have a new 3 week old niece and when no one is looking I kiss on her neck and cheeks. I can't help it, she is so cute and cuddly. I am her aunt (not a pervert). Will she be warped and not wear a turtle neck 20 years from now?
  9. by   duckie
    I'm glad to hear you don't think I'm ready for the looney bin yet! I wanted to respond to Hypoxic Pixel Eyes comments. I do know where my fear of being in tight spaces comes in and also that I slept with a night light even after years of being married. I was abused as a child while living in a foster home. I suppose it is possible I have blanked it out but I have really tried and tried to remember what could be triggering the other problem about my feet but cannot come up with anything that I can recall. Abuse can really screw a person up, but for the most part, I think I've gotten it all under control. I really do wish I could figure this problem out though, because I think it's getting worse and more easily triggered as I get older. Thanks for not thinking I was too weird, I just asked cause I was hoping that maybe someone else knew someone with it and maybe they could help me figure it out to get it under control.
  10. by   TXNurse
    Duckie your not wierd! I feel like I can't breath if my feet are hot and covered. I play the ole game of under the covers and out of the covers with them all night. See great (wierd) minds think alike. LOL
  11. by   duckie
    Thanks for your post TXNURSE, I feel a little better knowing that someone else has the problem too. People often laugh at me, in a nice way, cause I wear clogs to work and open back shoes, even in the middle of Winter with tons of snow on the ground. Guess the why is something I may never know. Maybe I was a mobster that wore "cement boots" in another life! haha
  12. by   jamistlc
    Greetings,

    As far as your first problem my quess is that you are not wierd. It may be a case of the constriction blocking your meridian and cuasing all those symptoms you described from a reflexology POV. I do not practice it beyond the relief of a headache but in theory I can see how it could manifest itself with those autonomic symptoms. It also could be a constitutional thing based around your Homeopathic constitution! Or it could all be psychosomatic!

    As far as the fear of hieghts that I think that is deep rooted like someone else said! My greatest fear is rejection from an early childhood truama, my mom litterally left me at my fathers doorstep when I was 10! When we have a disagreement as they do with a spouse (married 20 years) some of those old fears and tapes start playing and I get scarred (Flight or fright) scarred, it usually elevates the disagreement to an arguement! I do not realize this until after it happens and then regret and the fear of her rejection returns until I vent what is going on with her.
  13. by   Ellen in Ont
    I have the same problem! I can't stant to have my legs held down or restricted. I have no idea where this is coming from. I have found that it is getting better as I am getting older and that as long as I can control the circumstances, I can stand it (eg. sheets around my legs or even someone holding them down as long as they stop as soon as I tell them to). I find my tolerance is building up. My other weird problem is feeling like my fingers can't "breath" if I have nail polish on. They feel hot and stiffled. I usually end up picking at it or taking it off right after an evening out. Hope your problem fades with time.
  14. by   Kris10lnC
    Hi Duckie,
    I had an emergency csection for my first child, the epidural was placed wrong and when they had me strapped to the table, I couldn't breathe anymore. I still remember them slapping my face and telling me to breathe,but not being able to respond or breathe, then putting a mask on me and then the rest is a blank. Since then I've never been able to tolerate small spaces, underwater, or even watching people under water, tanning beds, really crowded places, or being restrained in any way. I can't say how or why or what the correlation is with what happened to me and the phobias. But I wouldn't say your weird.

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