Had a similar "experience" with vomiting. I despise the fact that I can't ride rides with my kids for fear of being thrown up on, fairs are a whole event of searching out the kid who might throw up near me. While my kids have the stomach flu, I do not sleep, eat or function at ALL! I found my father lying in a pool of his own vomit as a child. I though he was dead. From that point on, I have been terrified of it. I used to make my brother cover me with his body so I wouldn't hear it, see it, or be near it. I continually check in the stores for "pukers" whose parents might not see the signs like I do. When I tell of my different nuances to friends, they think I am laughing at myself so they laugh with me. I would love to live in a bubble. Howie Mandel has this phobia, just read that a few others have it too. Matt Lauer, Carmen Diaz.... My friends think I care about their children when they have stomach bugs. I do, but not as much as I care about their contagious state. I call 2-3 times to see if they are still vomiting, so I can warn my kids to "not play" with this one or that one. Does all this work? Not in the least. Every year, normally around Christmas, we all get it and it is a week or two of complete hell for all involved.