I cannot bear to be around people touching or holding latex balloons because I am scared they will get popped and then I will be startled. And then? Well and then nothing but I just cannot stand getting startled. My brother used to jump out from behind stuff and scare me all the time as a kid so maybe that's why? I still buy balloons for my kids of course, but they can only play with the Mylar ones in front of me.
Oh and we decided to start trying for another baby. :o)