Chester is such a funny boy. One of my favorite things that he does is knead K’s blanket. What’s funny is I have the same blanket, but in pink; however, he shows little interest in mine. Almost every time he steps on this blanket, he feels the need to knead 😉 It’s really cute. He gets in a sort of trance while doing it. I finally had my phone on me and captured him with the blanket.
He has his routines, or instincts, not really sure which, and I have mine. No matter what time of year, I continue one particular routine besides the compulsive hand washing. I can’t believe I never thought of this as a routine before, but it came to me today when I was at work. Obviously this is not rational behavior, Megan! Not sure why I never realized it before, but it’s definitely one of my OCD rituals. I guess I’m just so used to this ritual that it didn’t even cross my mind before. It actually takes quite a bit of time out of my daily lfe. Let me explain:
While at work, I eat every two hours. This is not necessarily OCD-related because I have to eat something or else I get shaky, dizzy, and confused. My doctor has no idea what it is, even at blood-sugar tests, but taking black-strap molasses for the iron seems to be helping. Anyway, these times when I eat are very ritualistic.
I bring my own water bottle to work because I think the plastic cups are an extreme waste of resources. I fill this bottle up every time before eating, which is obviously a good habit because the bottle holds 20 oz. I can’t just simply go to the water cooler, though. I have to either consider whether or not I’m going to eat right after I use the water cooler and if not, I hold off on using it. I use only the left side nozzle because no one uses it; it’s the side that doesn’t cool the water. Doesn’t bother me, I have sensitive teeth anyway. I only use it right before I eat because I have to use my elbow or wash my hands immediately after using it. I usually use the restroom after using the water cooler, just so no one sees how often I wash them. I guess that means they think I have a bladder-control problem or worse…
Before washing my hands, I dispense a long paper towel, yes wasteful, I know. Then I use said towel to turn off faucet, turn off lights, and open the door. I never touch that door handle, ever. Yuck. My coworkers joke and say that that particular restroom is “Megan’s restroom” or “Megan’s Office.” I laugh playfully, but in my mind I’m thinking, “You’re damn right it’s mine. Keep your nastiness out of there.”
I then proceed to eat my lunch. I rarely bring food that needs to be refrigerated because I don’t like other people’s food to touch my own, even if they are all safely sealed in containers. I keep all my food in my little drawer away from anyone else’s reach.
I eat without touching anything except food in between hand washing and eating. If I do happen to touch something (e.g. telephone because a patient calls), then I have to go back to the restroom and wash my hands.
After eating, I always have a cup of green tea. I love having green tea in the afternoon for that extra boost of energy and it helps with digestion. I fill up “my mug” in the kitchen faucet and then put it in the microwave for 3 minutes, enough time in my mind to “sanitize” the mug and water and to make it hot, obviously. I would prefer a kettle, but that’s just the way it is. Then I go back to the restroom, wash my hands, and then sit at my desk until I hear the ding of the microwave. I rush back to the kitchen so that nobody decides to take out my mug because they want to use the microwave, thus forcing me start the stupid process over. I then open the microwave with the tissue or paper towel that I’ve hidden above the microwave (I try to hide these rituals) and then head back to my desk.
Huh!!! That was even exhausting to type. Even though I’m sitting here thinking about how weird and irrational this ritual is, I doubt I’ll stop it anytime soon. I take my food very seriously and am very, very cautious about what I eat, how I eat, and who handles my food.
I just thought I’d share that bit of exhaustingness with you all. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed seeing Chester “in-action”!