Social Butterfly has completed two weeks of 10-hour per day treatment. Many things about the adult program are different than the adolescent one. The three extra-hours per day, for starters. There's also the fact that while familial involvement is welcome, it's not mandatory. I have chosen to embrace this approach as it's much less work for me and I'd be a fool to turn down a lighter workoad. I've been once each week to the "carers" group they have on Thursday night and yesterday Mr. Fix-it and I attended a family therapy session with SB's therapist to discuss the plan to drop her down to 6-hour days
SB's progress has been nothing short of a complete turnaround--she gained weight even on her first weekend off, managing all of her own food; I think a big part of that is seeing what her future could hold if she doesn't beat this disease. It's not pretty, it's not fun and it's not much of a path to traverse when you don't have to. And she doesn't have to. She has access to the best treatment in the world and the support of her friends and family.
She's begun making art again--this is for a friend who is struggling--and she's working closely with the nutritionist to get deeper into the knowledge of ways to fuel your body that are healthy, but also bring flexiblility and enough variety that she won't have to be so rigid in her meal plan in the future.
These are good things. I like good things.
(Right now I'm also liking Zithromax and Tussionex; I guess it wasn't just allergies.)
I belong to a Facebook support group and one of the mothers just published a book about dealing with her son's anorexia. The excerpt shows it be well-written and compelling and because there are next-to-no resources discussing boys and anorexia, it's an important addition the oeuvre of eating disorder writing. You can check it out here.