Ab­nor­mal Fears

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty -

Soon, El­iz­a­beth was metic­u­lously and repet­i­tively clean­ing all her food, as well as ev­ery piece of cut­lery and crock­ery. A meal could take up to four hours to pre­pare. She also spent hours on the In­ter­net re­search­ing tox­o­plas­mo­sis.

El­iz­a­beth men­tioned her seem­ingly dis­pro­por­tion­ate con­cern to her mid­wife and dropped hints about the changes in her be­hav­iour. But she was told not to worry too much, as most women bring up sim­i­lar is­sues at some point dur­ing their preg­nancy. And, by El­iz­a­beth’s own ad­mis­sion, her at­tempts to ask for help were thwarted by her ten­dency to play down the is­sue, not want­ing to make a fuss or be per­ceived as an at­ten­tion-seeker.

“I sim­ply strug­gled on and my hus­band could do noth­ing but watch my con­duct and con­fi­dence de­te­ri­o­rate,” she says. “As the months went by I stopped work­ing, go­ing out and ac­cept­ing vis­i­tors to our house – all out of fear of con­tam­i­na­tion.”

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