Has anyone had experience of anorexia themselves or had a close family member who has?
My 15 yr old granddaughter has been diagnosed with anorexia, she has been to the doctor and got a counsellor. Thanks to lockdown both parents are working from home and can fetch her from school at lunchtime in order to make sure she eats something then.
I'm sure she fits all the right categories, she's an achiever, just second place in her class at school. She has worked solidly during lockdown, not so her younger sister who has had o be forced into doing maybe an hour a day. She's very sensitive and easily upset. She's very kind and caring. We talked, last time I saw her before lockdown, about what she might do when she grew up. She wants to be a micro-biologist but doesn't want to go to university. Why not? Because she doesn't want to go to live away from home...
She rings me every week to check how I am. This week she said "I guess you know what's going on?" I said yes, and asked when it started (April, she said) after which I felt suddenly at a loss as to what to say next. I asked questions about school (which was probably the worst thing to do), told her about 'Who do you think you are?' with Paul Hollywood whose dad must have been in the same regiment as her great grandad (my dad) because he was in the same places at the same time during WW2. Then ran out of things to say.
So sad, as she's been the shining star for the family. She's pretty, clever and absolutely delightful. Her younger brother has Down syndrome and Autism so can be hard to handle and she shows the utmost kindness towards him. I'm devastated for her parents who have been struggling very much with her brother who decided not to sleep more than a few hours a night and I know my daughter-in-law will be beating herself up for concentrating on the boy while her daughter meanwhile is getting ill...
How can I help them? What do I talk about with my darling granddaughter? What helped you if you suffered from anorexia yourself?
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