Hi again, emily,
I wonder, would it help if you could tell us a little more about yourself? What are your days like? How do you spend your time?
I can tell you, I live alone. I had some moments during the storm this evening, even when I twice noted the lightning was very bright and seemed close, the thunder, on both occasions made me jump, feeling like I had been a little bit electrocuted. I hate that feeling.
I used to love thunderstorms. Now, the more severe they are, the more nervous, and jumpy I get. I occasionally want to hide in my little storeroom room. Or curl up in my bed with nothing touching the floor - as if???
I've been down lately, so it is harder for me to reach out, either to ask for support or to give support to others. I find I benefit when I do, though; it's the first step that is the hardest. And you have already taken the first step.
Just a thought; are there any questions you would like to ask us first?