It’s All Working

You might remember past postings of mine when I spoke at length about how I am less than pleased, to say the least, about the fact that we have scorpions around our new home in Chandler Arizona. I HATE, HATE, HATE, scorpions to the point that I was ready to move stating that I have lived in Arizona all my life and I’ve never once ever seen a scorpion in or around any home I ever lived in until we moved into my little dream home here in Chandler. That’s also when I found out from my neighbors that scorpions are not only here and there to be seen once in a while… no, they are everywhere and “you just have to get used to them”… Not this girl! Never in your life will you ever see or hear of me “just swat them off the wall or hunt them down with a black light and kill them… never, ever, not even on a bet will that ever happen in my life.

However, after a year of therapy  that included EMDR, with one of the best therapist in the valley, I’ve come a long, long, way since I had my first encounter last year with the first scorpion in my new home. Prior to therapy/EMDR when I saw a scorpion, my heart would immediately start pounding like it was going to jump out of my chest, I would stat sweating and shaking and felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. I would get the scorpion killer spray and spray almost a whole can on the nasty thing to be sure it was dead. Then, I would get the long BBQ tongs to pick it up and carry it to the back porch where I would smash it with a long-handled hammer, just to be sure it wasn’t just stunned and going to wake up and come after me… do you remember me posting all that?

Well, fast forward to today…I was bringing in the trash can after the trash truck emptied it and as I was putting it back where it belongs along side of the house…I happened to look down into the gravel and saw a huge scorpion right by my foot. I can spot those nasty things anywhere… but, I also noticed it didn’t move and in fact it looked pretty stiff. So, I took off my flip-flop and gave it a little nudge. I would never ever have done that last year at this same time…The scorpion didn’t move so I determined it was in fact dead and I noticed it had in fact crawled through the white powder stuff that my husband, Bill, puts down every month all along the outside of our house and along the inside of our fence. Now, keep in mind we do not have any small children, or pets that go outside. And this is one of the things we do that allows me to continue to stay here in my beautiful new dream home.


Now that I knew the scorpion was in fact dead, I went and got my little tweezers, picked it up and took pictures of  it so I could document the event here on my blog for Shantel and my family and friends to read about and share in my joy over how far I’ve come.


Now, please notice the difference in the size of the instrument I used to pick the scorpion up. Last year I used the long BBQ tongs, this year I used my tiny little tweezers…now that’s progress for sure right?


I still HATE scorpions and I’m guessing I always will. But, at least now I don’t feel like I’m going to have a heart attack or panic attack when I see one, especially if it’s already dead. And, I don’t even see a need for me to have to find out what I would feel if I found another live scorpion inside my house…I just pray I won’t have to find out and in the meantime I’ll keep working with my wonderful therapist because that’s what she’s there for and I have no shame asking for help when I need it and from where I sit, It’s All Working!

When I told Shantel about the scorpion incident today she said “I don’t care as long as they don’t come in or around me”.

Stay Tuned!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Ellen
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 17:03:01

    That is wonderful!!!! Just reading the words you wrote tell me how good and confident you feel.
    The things we think are impossible can be possible with the help of God and our therapist. ❤


  2. Bill Kirnberger
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 00:26:38

    Yes you have come a long way, I’m so proud of you! I am also glad all my efforts, thanks to our good friend Bob C. who guided us to the chemicals to eliminate those beasts.

    Your Bill


  3. gotham girl
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 02:04:51

    Oh I am sooooo sooooo proud of you!!! And so is Bob C. I told him all about this post and we’ve both been beaming ever since! xoxo my sweet!


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