Fear of eating from silverware and such?

by Alexis
(Ohio)

I've always been one of those 'weirdos' who won't eat or drink after people. Well, when I was around 12, I suppose, the fear grew. I began to be grossed out by silverware and other dishes that other people had used. Silverware is definitely the worst, though. I don't know what this is. I've never met anybody else with this. I have a little pocket knife type thing that folds out into my own personal fork, spoon, and knife. I always drink out of a straw at restaurants. At my house I have certain glasses that I drink from and special little forks. I use paper or plastic when we have it though. I think it started after I saw that my grandpa had been using real forks to dish out mushy cat food. I now know that this is not uncommon. Yucky. I also have been getting worse where I don't like to eat food that people have cooked in their homes. I don't know why. It's just so gross to me. Please let me know if there's anybody else out there like me!

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