Blogtober 2017 | Day 16 – Phobias

I don’t even have to think about this one – I have two: heights and needles. Thankfully, I have never been on so high a precipice as to be classified as acrophobic, so I don’t really know how afraid of heights I am … I just know I don’t want to be looking down when I’m crossing a bridge. And needles? Just, eew.

Let’s take a closer look at these phobias, shall we? Acrophobia is an extreme or even irrational fear of heights. Like, the hyperventilating kind. Even the frozen in terror kind. I’ve never experienced that sort of fear, so I guess I’d be classified as mildly afraid of heights. They make me more nervous than anything, and a bit queasy, to be honest. I avoid really tall amusement park rides, like that tower thing at Australia’s Wonderland (R.I.P.) that used to pull you up and drop you back down super fast … See? I don’t even know what it’s called. When we go to awesome places, like The Three Sisters (at the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales), I grasp the railings on the walkways so tightly that my knuckles start to go white. But it’s worth the anxiety for the spectacular view.

Needles, on the other hand, they just freak me out. I can’t even imagine getting an injection without getting the chills. I can’t look at a needle without it pricking my skin. (I have a similar aversion to knives, but not quite as bad. I blame the hockey-skate-in-the-face scene from Halloween H2O for that last one. But I digress. Needles. They sharp, they pointy, me no like.) I can’t even watch when they vaccinate my poor little man – I hold him down and look away! When I watch crime shows, I am perfectly fine eating my lunch while they yank metres of intestines from a cadaver, but I can’t watch when they cut the (dead!) skin with a scalpel. I hate needles so much that I preferred to endure induced labour pain than get an epidural (a secondary concern to potential impacts on the baby, of course, but still …) – I couldn’t even look at the HIDEOUSLY THICK epidural needle they passed around during antenatal classes. Do I have trypanophobia? Do you even have to ask?!

So, there you go. My phobias. I’m grateful that I’ve never been in a situation so extreme for either of these, that I had a meltdown or a panic attack or something. I look forward to never experiencing that!

Mini Mummi Blogger 🌺


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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!


  1. Laila | 16th Oct 17

    I have a fear of heights too but I think for me the fear comes more from the idea of falling to my death. Maybe if I couldn’t die from falling or get hurt at all, then just maybe I would be as freightened of heights as I am. But since the aforementioned isn’t possible I guess I’ll never know. I can’t stand the thought of rollercoaster rides. My other big fear is confined spaces. The thought of being stuck in a small space gives me more anxiety than I care for.

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 16th Oct 17

      I have to admit, I don’t love confined spaces either! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Bec @IshMotherBec | 17th Oct 17

    I used to have a fear of needles but am getting over that, the amount of needles I had to endure when trying for a baby first time, followed by two pregnancies, I kind of had to! Still can’t look though. Arachnophobia is my big one,I do have a few milder fears too but spiders just terrify me.

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 18th Oct 17

      Ugh, spiders are gross! I’m not afraid of them, per se, but the way they skitter about freaks me out 😱 Thanks for reading!

  3. Kim Carberry | 17th Oct 17

    Whenever I am injected I faint….I’m not scared of needles. I’m more scared of fainting. lol

  4. tobygoesbananas | 19th Oct 17

    I’m not scared of heights or needles – still wouldn’t watch when I was getting an injection but I donate blood regularly without any issues 🙂 #blogtober

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 21st Oct 17

      I think most people probably have an aversion to things pricking their skin 😉 thanks for reading!

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