Former Fox News employee suffers from PTSD as a result of bedbugs in the office

This story is sort of sad and wacky at the same time:

A Fox News employee who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being bitten by bedbugs at work filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the owner of the Manhattan office tower where she worked.

Jane Clark, 37, a 12-year veteran of Fox News, a unit of News Corp, said she complained to human resources after being bitten three times between October 2007 and April 2008. She said she was ridiculed and the office was not treated for months.

When I first saw that, I thought to myself, give me a break. Then I read:

Clark says she suffers nightmares and keeps a flashlight at her bedside so she can check for bugs during the night.

Suddenly, sympathy hit me. I’m incredibly scared of bugs in general so the thought of bedbugs crawling around in an office and then bringing it home would scare me like crazy. I had enough of a brief PTSD stint after some guy crept into my psych hospital room and began masturbating while he thought I was asleep. Thank God he didn’t rape me.

After coming home from the hospital, I couldn’t sleep with the lights off. My husband, who doesn’t sleep well with the light on, was kind enough to let me leave them on for about a week or so while I slowly got over the whole ordeal. But it took about a month or two before I could get up in the middle of the night by myself before I was convinced that a dark figure making grunting noises wouldn’t be standing next to my side of the bed or lurking in the bathroom or dark hallways of the apartment. For a few weeks, I made my husband escort me to the restroom — I was that scared.

So instead of my initial reaction of rolling my eyes to this story, my heart goes out to Ms. Clark. I always do a spot check of beds anytime I stay at a hotel. I can’t imagine the thought of bringing them home. I get freaked out enough as it is when I find one spider or stinkbug in the apartment.

I’d sleep with the lights on all over again.

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2 Comments

  1. June 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    The “stress” in PTSD is definitely the right word. I’m glad that your husband is so understanding and supportive of you and that you were able to work through your trauma.

  2. Katie Netherland said,

    January 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I understand that feeling with flashbacks even when it’s just one thing, it still haunts you plus I freak out at bugs.
    I’ve been hit/abused, sexually abused, raped, beat half to death and found someone dead in a lot of blood with a whole bunch of blood everywhere. (She was like the mom to me. I went to check on her because she wasn’t abswering her phone & found her dead.)
    I still have flashbacks even with night terrors. It’s normal to feel that way.
    I hope the guy i’m with will be as supportive like your husband was.. Don’t find too many of those


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