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  1. #1
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    Default So tell me again that I am not going to find a snake in my house

    Back to the snake threads.

    Some of you may remember that I am one of the snake phobics on this board.
    I need some support here!!!

    Working on a home improvement project over the weekend, few friends stop by to lend a hand.

    First group to stop by, find a snake (14 inches ish) on my front walk. Of course said snake leaves as soon as it sees them. Girl stopping over and I cannot get over this. Ask "boys" to go find snake and dispose of it. Then I freak out that my phobia is going to cause something to die. My DH and friend find said snake and move him to storm drain. All is right in the world again.

    Next night-I pull a nice bubbly bath and sit back in my tub to read a new book and relax for a while. Hear noise-jump out of tub covered in suds...hair is still mildly soapy. Don't care...getting away from noise-which is most likely nothing of course.

    That was 5 days ago, I have not been able to shower (have been pulling my increasingly gross hair back into pony tail all week, yuck!!)

    Freaking out when I go anywhere where it is dark and I cannot see into every corner......


    Please tell me that I am being a nut, and that I am not going to find a snake in my bathtub or toilet. Or in my house for that matter.

    I live in the suburbs, in Michigan.

    I am being crazy right?

    BTW...Does anyone in Michigan know of a good shrink that can deal with this mental issue? Not joking, it is effecting my life now.



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    I am so sorry that you are putting yourself through this. Take a deep breath.

    The snake isn't going to stick around, it's going to keep moving in it's quest for a meal. I can't image there is much to eat in a drain. And moving against the flow of water wouldn't be efficient.

    If your worried about the toilet maybe try keeping the lid down and flush before opening. In the shower keep the drain plugged or put a towel over the drain and stand on it.

    I think getting some help is a good idea. I hope you find some relief.



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    Do you have a house cat? Mine is an excellent snaker/mouser/roacher. The only thing I worry about it stepping on "crunched up and spat out" carcasses in the middle of the night.



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    If you DO find a snake it won't be upstairs in the open. I live in a big old farm house and the only snakes we have are in the basement, and in my bedroom :-D
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    Oh you poor thing! Sorry you are so freaked out by snakes. I would say yours is a pretty powerful phobia, so maybe it would be best to get some help with that. Ask your doctor's office if they know anyone reputable and good with phobias. They may even discuss it with you and provide you with a mild anti-anxiety pill for now...

    I agree with the cat thing - mine certainly keep anything that moves either out of the house or belly up!



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    Is your bathtub draining as gray water, to the outside?
    Then you may have critters come in thru that, if you don't keep the screen on the other end of the pipe in good shape.
    Easy to remedy, find that end and check that the screen is tight.

    If your drain goes to a septic system buried tank, no worries, any more than finding aliens under your bed.

    If you are really serious that your imagination is out of control about snakes, ask your insurance for a referral to a counselor, that will send you to a specialist in such problems.
    Or ask your regular doctor or even your religious leader for a referral.

    Don't let them ignore you, make them understand that this is serious.
    Many people, still today, don't take mental healt seriously and that is very sad, as no one should suffer today.
    There is so much that can be done to make our lives livable without unneeded stress from those problems, so be the squeaky wheel and get help.



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    Do you have mice?

    If you don't have mice, then it's extremely unlikely that you have any holes or paths in your house that a snake would find. Nor is it likely that a snake would want to come inside.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket



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    *hugs*

    If this is affecting your everyday life, I agree with witherbee. A discussion with a doctor is in order. Get a referral to a behavioral psychologist, or the equivalent.

    A real phobia is not rational and you are unlikely to 'talk yourself out of it.' Living in fear is not a good thing.



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    What else is going on right now hon? It's normal to be scared of snakes, or spiders, or mice... we're all different in what sets us off... but to be *so* bothered by it can sometimes be a 'symptom' of something(s) else you're really stressing about and aren't able to deal with easily...

    A much milder example, I will catch myself SERIOUSLY grossing out and OCD'ing at work about dirty keyboards and phones which must be shared. I mean, beyond the 'normal' sanitary efforts... I really, truly start to obsess about it and freak a little. I have come to recognize that those times there is really something *else* going on, and I get a little over the top on something that normally is not 'unusually' compulsive... does that make any sense?

    If it helps, many if not most storm drains are NOT connected to the sewer system. And it would be an impossible uphill climb to get to your shower anyway... (((hugs)))
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    Get the mice out of your house with a good cat. Then, the snakes won't be motivated to come in. We end up with a black snake in our family room whenever we get a colony of mice. Admittedly, I would much rather have a week long visit by a snake than a mouse colony. After the snake takes care of the mice, he leaves.



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    I do have 3 cats-Unknown mousing abilities however.
    Have never seen a mouse in the house, have not seen any signs of mice.

    Pretty sure my water drains into the sewer, that is where it goes in the city right?

    more worried about snakes coming out WITH the water, but I suppose they could come up the drain pipe too

    I suppose it is time to see the doctor....just feel weak about it.

    So do we think it is safe to take a shower?



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    Do talk to your regular MD.

    He or she can get you a referral to a provider that can help you work through the issue. He/she may also be able to prescribe some Xanex or other anti-anxiety meds that you can take just when needed (when you can't go in your shower would be a good one). This is only a good option if you only experience this on occasion. While there are anti-anxiety drugs you can take on a regular basis, I am not getting the feeling that you have this issue all the time and I wouldn't want you to drug your way out of this.

    I can get myself pretty worked up about something in my house too. I could tell you a hilarious (not to me) story about finding a mouse in my house at 5:30 am and completely panicking (although I thought I was thinking totally clearly)! It is not unusual for us human beings to have such fears and get totally consumed by them, from time to time. The information about the storm drains, your home drain lines, and food sources (mice) are all good but some fears are completely irrational and trying to think it through this way on your own may or may not work. Help is out there to give you a boost.

    Best of Luck!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vindicated View Post
    I do have 3 cats-Unknown mousing abilities however.
    Have never seen a mouse in the house, have not seen any signs of mice.

    Pretty sure my water drains into the sewer, that is where it goes in the city right?

    more worried about snakes coming out WITH the water, but I suppose they could come up the drain pipe too

    I suppose it is time to see the doctor....just feel weak about it.

    So do we think it is safe to take a shower?
    Really? Out with the water? If you are on city water there is no way this could happen (or any other source except maybe rain barrel) - don't you have a shower head???

    YES - take a shower the people around you will appreciated it



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    Quote Originally Posted by SevenDogs View Post
    Do talk to your regular MD.

    He or she can get you a referral to a provider that can help you work through the issue. He/she may also be able to prescribe some Xanex or other anti-anxiety meds that you can take just when needed (when you can't go in your shower would be a good one). This is only a good option if you only experience this on occasion. While there are anti-anxiety drugs you can take on a regular basis, I am not getting the feeling that you have this issue all the time and I wouldn't want you to drug your way out of this.
    Agree with SevenDogs. Call your regular MD ASAP...he/she can give you some meds to take on a temporary basis until you can work through the phobia with a therapist. Please get help sooner rather than later. I can promise you this is FAR from the oddest thing medical personnel hear on a daily basis! Nothing to be ashamed about.



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    Well I remember when I saw Jaws I was afraid to go to the bathroom because I thought a shark would bite my butt when I sat down on the toilet. But I was like 10 I think so I had a bit of an excuse AND I did still use the toilet, I just did it quickly. Definitely agree that some therapy is a good plan and possibly some meds. Better living through chemistry is one of my favorite mottos. Best of luck to you.



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