Misophonia and the Man with the Mints
Just to be sure you all know that I experience something called “misophonia” which is a sensitivity to certain sounds. Upon hearing these particular sounds, sufferers can experience anything from mild annoyance to flat out rage. It’s a rather difficult thing to deal with at times in public but I usually do okay. When the PTSD symptoms are flares, however, it gets much more intense. That’s what’s going on now as I sit and wait for a doc I’ve never met to shove an IUD inside my uterus. (Yikes).
Omg it’s dead quiet in this waiting room even though there are a dozen people here. No one is even breathing loud enough to hear, which is odd because I usually hear absolutely everything around me. Then. This old guy next to me (what the heck is he doing here anyway? This is a gynocologist/fertility clinic and he is well past 70….
Sorry lost track. I was trying not to kill him.
He is EATING some kind of mint that is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside and I can hear him CHEWING on the fuckimg things inside my own head. It’s making me so tense I feel like I could suddenly crack, scream and grab the damn plastic bag out of his hands and throw them in the garbage. They’re in a plastic bag too. A thick, extra crinkly one.
*crinkle crinkle crinkle*
*clink of hard candy shell om dentures*
*clickity click as he moves it around his mouth*
*fucking disgusting sucking, slurping, saliva sounds*
*CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH MOOSH MOOSH SLURP SUCK SWALLOW*
How many can he possibly have in there?!!!
This is torture. Now he’s picking at his fingernails. That happens to be the second worst noise. Oooh God now it’s both at once! Is this a tolerance test? Is there some paychiatric evaluation component to getting an IUD? Fuuck I am struggling here.
Having daydreams now. Grabbing the bag and shoving the entire contents into his mouth so it’s over and I don’t have to sit here and freak out anymore. How self focused is that? Lol. Seriously though. The saliva noises are almost worse than the chewing.
I was told I’m looking at a 45 min wait, at least. I just hope he is next. Whatever he’s here for.
OH THANK GOD HES LEAVING.
I can breathe again. Alright. Back to being nervous.