Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Train Phobia

Monday, May 04, 2009

Train Phobia

Erik was still nervously chattering about trains as I put him into bed last night. I snuggled into my own bed to stay up late and watch the new episode of Breaking Bad when I heard the whistle of the 10:40 pierce the night air. I frantically pressed the mute button on the TV remote and waited with every one of my muscles locked into a tight, whole body cringe.

He slept through it this time.

At this rate, I am developing my own issues regarding trains and sirens. I freeze every time I hear one and ready myself to begin the damage control process.


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Blogger camille said...

do you have a white noise machine for his room? i have one for connor so that all sirens and train whistles (and hailey's cry) are blocked out.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That's exactly how I am....but for Michaela, it's the random loud fireworks the yahoos around here set off, just for the hell of it. They sound like bombs going off. And, we're coming up on that time of year again...I keep hoping she'll have grown out of this one. Only time will tell!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Dawnita~ said...

Oh no! Trains? I thought we covered that when he came for a visit last Spring! Boo-Hoo!!!

Speaking of visiting...we all need to get together this summer some time! : )

Watch your mailbox!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

Sorry about the train sound phobia. I was going to mention white noise machines (I used one when I lived in another city, a bit too close to a road).

3:49 AM  
Blogger Noel said...

I prepare for the aftermath too when I hear things that I know will set Abi off. What's bad is anymore I can't even watch the news because Abi pays too close attention to the weather forcasts and if there is any hint of rain, we pay all day long. Just the idea of there being thunder is enough to send her over the edge and me right along with her!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Tes said...

Gosh I am the same way my shoulders get all knotted up when I hear a air compressor or a leaf blower turn on, then I wait for my baby to coming running in with her fingers in her ears crying "too loud".

9:23 AM  
Blogger Aspen said...

I have the exact same reaction when I hear a loud sudden noise. We all tend to freeze and wait for the inevitable meltdown. It might not hurt to have a "white noise" machine in his room. Or even something like a humidifier? Just a constant smooth background noise vs. a train waking him. However, if it's a bad dream vs an actual noise...I'm not sure what to suggest.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I'm 24 years old and have had a fear of trains for about 10 years now. I used to ride on trains with no problem, althought It's been a few years since I've tried. It's more than just the train itself, It's the noise of the train screetching across the tracks, and especially of the horn/whistle. I ball up and close the windows, turn up the raido; If I'm driving then I have to pull over and turn on my hazards. I cry and feel so scared, I just assumed that It's an OCD thing.

6:18 PM  

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