By Kasey Doyle/Accent editor

I’ve always been afraid of using public restrooms.It’s true. I’m terrified of public toilets.

I had never considered my fear a phobia, until I began researching for my article. That’s when I realized that I have a phobia.

I’ve had this fear since childhood, and I blame my parents.

I remember going on vacations with them in the summertime, and my dad would not let us sit on the hotel room beds until my mom had sprayed everything with Lysol disinfectant spray. I remember being a child and hearing my mom outside the stall door in the McDonald’s bathroom, reminding me not to sit on the toilet seat.

Then high school approached and I had health class and sex education. It was there I learned about all the gross diseases that might be crawling around public bathrooms. Needless to say, I would not use the bathroom at school. I would hold it until I got home, even though my bladder felt like it would erupt inside my body.

When it was time to come to Eastern I panicked – community bathrooms! I know everyone is a little nervous about using community bathrooms, but I was terrified. This is my fourth year living in the same dorm and I still line the toilet seats four times with toilet paper. You might even see me walking down the hall with a can of Lysol in my hand.

Don’t get me wrong. The custodians in McGregor Hall do an excellent job cleaning our bathrooms. It is just that every time I use a public bathroom, I see myself contracting some incurable flesh-eating disease, and spending the rest of my days in a hospital bed while my skin deteriorates.

I know it sounds crazy, and it probably is, but things are getting better. I actually used the bathroom at Wal-Mart last week. I guess the point to overcoming your fears and phobias is to face them head on.

Until then, I’ll just hold it.

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