I have a long term guest and I am counting the days until her departure. It has been uncomfortable to say the least, and my instinct is to leave no review rather than a negative one.
The guest arrived and she seemed to ask normal enough questions (how does the subway work? where are some interesting places to go? etc.) but then I realized she needed A LOT of attention and reassurance. Around this same time she told me her family has suggested that she has OCD.
At first I thought she was just having stomach problems, as she was spending long periods of time in the bathroom. I then realized we were going through a roll of toilet paper a day! In one month, she has used a 3-month supply of toilet paper, tissues, plastic wrap, cleaning wipes, and hand soap. I began hiding products as she finished them and left me the empty boxes. She also wipes down the entire toilet every time she uses it, and flushes the toilet multiple times are each use. Her first showers lasted around 30-45 minutes. She also told me she required fresh wash cloths every day for her skin, so I went out and bought more of those as well.
She asked me if she could smoke a hookah in the house, and I said, “Yes, but only near a window. This is a non-smoking house as you know.” The hookah became a regular thing, and she wasn’t smoking it in her room. I had to ask her a few times to keep it in her bedroom. Oddly enough, I realized that the nicotine in the hookah was helping her to control her OCD. I felt I had to choose between 2 equally difficult behaviors. (I was so happy that her OCD was better that I allowed the hookah use to keep going if only because it meant I could stop hiding all the paper products…)
She is also quite needy, and requires constant reassurance all typical of OCD: What is the weather? Is this neighborhood safe? What is the temperature? Will I be cold? Is this city safe? Is this food safe? Is it healthy? WillI get fat eating this? I stopped eating around her as I quickly grew tired of having my meals micro analyzed.
My question is this: all of her odd behaviors revolve around her OCD which she seems aware that she has. She is a kind person, but her medical issue clearly makes her a difficult guest. I found myself avoiding coming home, and am so relieved that her stay is coming to an end. Long story short, she might be a fine guest if you don’t have to share space with her, but as a roommate she has been horrible. She is 28, but I feel like what she really needs is a parent, not a concierge.
What kind of review should I leave?