Opinion

Planet Rachael: Bugged out

Fly swats at the ready: why it’s important to avoid brushing fears aside.
Arachnophobia

In some ways I am glad the nights are drawing in and the electric blanket is back on. This signals the end of the British interpretation of summer (which essentially adds up to no snow) and the blissful disappearance of a fair few of our flying and creepy crawly friends.

Rachael has the lowest tolerance of anyone I know for things that come up the plughole or buzz through the window.

'Infestation'

Last week I found Rachael at my door exclaiming in a panic that there was a large infestation of flies at my flat and could I do something about it. When pressed to say how many flies we were talking about so I could decide if the swat team was (literally) required, Rachael said 3.

Now call me old fashioned but 3 flies dont appear to

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In some ways I am glad the nights are drawing in and the electric blanket is back on. This signals the end of the British interpretation of summer (which essentially adds up to no snow) and the blissful disappearance of a fair few of our flying and creepy crawly friends.

Arachnophobia
Arachnophobia. Picture: SPL

Rachael has the lowest tolerance of anyone I know for things that come up the plughole or buzz through the window.

'Infestation' 

Last week I found Rachael at my door exclaiming in a panic that there was a ‘large infestation of flies at my flat’ and could I do something about it. When pressed to say how many flies we were talking about so I could decide if the swat team was (literally) required, Rachael said ‘3’.

Now call me old fashioned but 3 flies don’t appear to be something you would need to speed dial pest control for.

To the rescue

Spiders are another matter entirely and are even less welcome in Rachael’s flat despite the irony of them being the answer to the fly problem. Rachael has been known to phone several times a day, expecting me and her dad to drop everything and come running to get rid of the ‘huge’ spider that is never there when we arrive.

As a rule, Rachael is a nature lover and is usually distressed by cruelty to living creatures. These values are somehow conveniently forgotten when it comes to arachnids and she will actively encourage annihilation by any methods fair or foul.

Your clients may be the same. And you, like me, won’t have the luxury of saying ‘don’t be daft’ when presented with a scenario that to most is not a problem. To do so would cause unnecessary distress.

Like me, you will be prowling the corridors with a large club, licensed to kill and knowing that by not belittling someone’s fears, you are making someone’s day.


About the author

Wendy Johnson is a matron in a general hospital, writing about life with her daughter Rachael, who has autism

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