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  1. Hey, everyone. I’m 24 years old and I know in some places, water can be very dangerous if not handled correctly. So I’m in Fort Walton Beach, Florida for a short vacation. I’ve already been here since Sunday, and I’ll be leaving this coming Sunday. I’m in a small condo with my mom, my dad’s mom, and my two sisters in a five-star building called “Vista Del Mar” that’s petty much right on the water. You could quite literally throw a stone and it would land in the ocean or on the beach. This complex is a REALLY nice place, for real somebody could live in one of these condos and they’d be satisfied. A few hours ago, I accidentally got water up my nose in the shower while laying on my stomach to wash my back. I have short arms so I wanted to get in a position where I could wash the sand and everything from the ocean off my entire body. There wasn’t a lot of water that went up my nose, and it seemed like it got out of there, but I have terrible anxiety about this sort of thing. I dread the fucking amoeba more so than I dread COVID-19. So, with all this in mind, what are my chances of getting infected with the brain-eating amoeba? I had no symptoms last night, which is good. I felt slightly uneasy around then, but that’s because of the anxiety. It’s now a day later (3:06 PM CDT) and I still have no symptoms as far as I know, and I can still taste. Just a few minutes ago, I got out of the ocean with my family, and the uneasiness is still there along with the tiniest headache imaginable. I made some cereal for breakfast and it was really good. I could also taste the salt of the ocean’s water, which is a good sign. Furthermore, I just ate a banana and it was really good. I’ve never been able to smell, but my sister took a shower after me last night and said she smelled chlorine in there, which I hope is another good sign. I’m just really scared, still. I can’t escape the fear of a severe migraine starting inside me head. I really don’t know what the hell is gonna happen, but I hope things don’t turn out badly. Please answer guys, I’m afraid I’m gonna die or some shit. If anyone could help ease my stress, I’d greatly appreciate it.
  2. Today was a very bad day. Let me preface this by saying I'm having a very unsuccessful time quitting smoking. I've done it before but I picked it up again about six months ago and it's been hard to quit. I did a stupid thing and I fished a pack I'd tossed out of the trash can (gross, I know) and smoked a few. Now I've got a sore throat and I'm convinced I've basically killed my self. Whether that's what kicked off today's panic attack, my first in years, I don't know, but I had a BAD one. Totally convinced I was having a heart attack. Had to drive home from work in a state I can't even describe but I just KNEW I was gonna get in a wreck or just stop in the middle of the highway or do something crazy or something terrible was going to happen. I don't even know. Well, now that my heart attack fears have calmed down I'm now certain I put salmonella in my lungs and throat and will be dead soon. I dont even even know how to chill this one out. Also: long time reader, first time poster. Hi!