2609. Elizabeth’s bout of arachnophobia

Elizabeth lived alone with her cat. Such a statement is not an uncommon oxymoron: if one lives with ones cat, one is not living alone.

Elizabeth had a phobia: spiders. It even had a name: arachnophobia. Arachnophobia is both common and debilitating. It should not be confused with fear of spider webs, although sometimes both phobias go hand in hand.

Suddenly there was a big black spider on Elizabeth’s carpet between her armchair and the drinks cabinet. She screamed. She felt dizzy and lightheaded. She felt nauseous. She sweated and trembled. She couldn’t breathe. Her heart was pounding. She had never seen such a big spider in the house. How did it get there? The entire house had only recently been sprayed.

Elizabeth phoned for an ambulance. She phoned her daughter. “There’s a spider! There’s a huge black spider crawling on the carpet between the armchair and the drinks cabinet!”

Elizabeth’s daughter was there within five minutes. The ambulance shunted Elizabeth away. The emergency was dealt with. The offending bit of black cat fur was picked up and disposed of.


31 thoughts on “2609. Elizabeth’s bout of arachnophobia

  1. chrisnelson61

    Ha, ha, I’ve spotted many a tuft of cat fur that has assumed the roll of a spider! Nearly all the cats that we have ever homed (and there have been a few) most have been quite wary of spiders. Mind you we’ve had a couple of days that have been scared witless by the appearance of a spider.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I have heights too – a little bit. I climbed up to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (when tourists were still allowed to) and on the way down the worn marble steps were slippery (at least they looked to be). And I thought I would slip and fall out a window. Since then I’ve never liked heights.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      We have just the one bad spider – the Katipo – that is small and lives on driftwood at the beach – but I’ve never seen one. I believe only one person has ever died from a bite – so not as nasty as a bee!

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