Anorexic woman on Maury P. show.

  1. Did anyone else see that episode. Possibly might be a repeat. Very, very sad case. She may not?make it. My daughter says looking at the woman makes her mad. She would like to ask her, "why are you doing this to yourself?" I told my daughter that people like that need love and understanding, every negative remark no matter how small will only make things worse. Her condition was so poor I could only watch for a minute or two, hope they took her to hospital for care.
    Last edit by oramar on Jun 18, '03
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  3. by   CraftyLPN
    was it the one girl who is 23-25 years old... if it was a repeat.. they sent her to a rehab clinic in canada
  4. by   canadiannurse21
    Didn't see the show but,
    Its nice to know you are teaching your child that anorexia nervosa is an illness---it will teach her to be less biased and more compassionate in the future
  5. by   renerian
    My stepdaughter is almost 19. She has an eating disorder. Life with her has been hell. She refuses therapy. I personally cannot wait till she leaves for college in 11 weeks. I am so sick of dealing with the starving, binging , purging, gorging, lieing, stealing, cheating, and refusing medical care. Sometimes all the love and support does not do squat if the person does not want help. I would not wish living with her on my worst enemy.

    renerian
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    its a tough cycle to break out of...even tougher for loved ones to watch. and it ends tragically too often. i did not see the maury show (i cannot stand him or other "talk show" hosts) but i can only imagine how awful it was.....it's an awful disorder.
  7. by   Figo
    To smiling blue eyes-I thought the story you told about your grandpa was neat. We can gain so much wisdom from our elders if we will just take time to listen. I have missed alot when I should have listened and didn't.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    thank you figo.
  9. by   charissa
    Originally posted by renerian
    My stepdaughter is almost 19. She has an eating disorder. Life with her has been hell. She refuses therapy. I personally cannot wait till she leaves for college in 11 weeks. I am so sick of dealing with the starving, binging , purging, gorging, lieing, stealing, cheating, and refusing medical care. Sometimes all the love and support does not do squat if the person does not want help. I would not wish living with her on my worst enemy.

    renerian

    But if you were her mother would that change anything? Some step parents are great, others . . at least in my experience lieave quite a bit to be desired
  10. by   AHarri66
    Charissa, I'm going to have to jump to Renerian's defense here.

    My niece has battled anorexia/bulemia for 15 years. Thankfully, she's doing quite well now, but the 5 or so years while she was "active" were hell on everyone, including my sister, who is her "natural" mother.

    If you have ever lived with anyone with this type of illness, or any kind of addiction, you would know that while you love and support the individual to no end, everyone has a breaking point. It is very difficult to stand there offering help and guidance and have it ignored, while you watch the person you love wither away in front of you. I don't think being a step-parent has one bit to do with it.

    I've felt the same frustration with some of my patients who refuse treatment, yet come back with the same problems over and over again.

    I think your statement was a bit callous.
  11. by   Tweety
    Apparently it is very tough to cure. I worked with an anorexic who said she was recovering. We were good friends, we went out to eat once and she played with her food, held it in her fork, but ate very little. She weighed herself everyday and if she gained wait would "fast". She was in her mid-20s. She damaged her hips from jogging so much during her worst phase. She was very skinny. But she said she was recovered. I don't think so. She quit and moved on and I lost touch with her.
  12. by   renerian
    Yes we tried three therapists to hopefully find one she would open up too. Spent 12,000 that insurance would not cover. She has ruined her teeth, refused dental care. We had to home school her, refused to go to high school so the courts made us home school her, she has stolen money, credit cards, debit cards and pawned my possesions to get food to barf, has gone from being 5'5" at 83 pounds to now 160 pounds. Her barfing has taken all the enamel off the bathroom sink as she barfs in the sink and not the toliet.

    Yes I wish her mom was involved. I think that is the root of her whole problem. She lives far away and only sees her kids once or twice a month.

    The other stepkids are fine. She also has three mental health disorders. She was refusing meds but now at least she takes them to control the anger/panic attacks. She has put a chair through my bay window and at her moms took a shovel to and broke out all her windows in her home one day.

    She is a handful.

    renerian
  13. by   renerian
    Blue eyes that is a nice story about your grandfather.

    renerian
  14. by   FutureNurse2005
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