Community Magazine

Have We Reached the Shore

By Survivingana @survivingana

Sophie’s boat has been bobbing around in the ocean of recovery for a long time now. Sometimes tacking to shore, other times over turning, few u turns but mostly a slow forward progress.

So are we there yet? Given she is fully weight restored and stable for at least 18months. She has no medical problems or health issues now (apart from still needing to rebuild her bones). She has moved through a few stages of therapy and is learning how to cope better without needing to restrict. Clearly she is fully medically recovered and no longer medically classed as anorexic or any other eating disorder. She also has been ‘let go’ by her counsellor, dietitian and doctor. Only the psychiatrist is fully there because of the medication.

In many respects it sounds good doesn’t it. Full recovery is always a personal identification. Some regard it as being completely removed from any ED behavior. Others regard it as having ED thoughts but not acting on them and being able to move past the voice. And so on. Mentally and emotionally she struggles each day. Some days are good ones, others being tougher.

BUT. She is still dependent upon the mediation keeping her anxieties in check and helping her to not react as strongly to ED dictated behavior. Without the medication she falls completely back into the eating disorder. No one is even game to try and take her off the medication until she finishes the HSC – but are adamant she is to come off then. Which to me then begs the question, do we then take her off the medication, just when she heads to uni. New area, new friends, new routines, new studies, nothing familiar or structural around her. How long does she stay on the medication? When is she allowed to start trialling an unmedicated recovery? If unmedicated and she falls straight back into anorexia, what support is she going to have?

No, we are not there yet. And there is much to talk through with the psychiatrist.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • NHS at 70

    This is the script of this morning’s Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme:As we approach the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National... Read more

    12 hours, 21 minutes ago by   Nicholas Baines
    RELIGION, SOCIETY, SPIRITUALITY
  • John Cale: Antwerp 2018/06/24 Setlist

    John Cale: Antwerp 2018/06/24 Setlist

    John Cale performed at Ppenluchttheater Rivierenhof, Antwerp, Belgium - - June 24, 2018. The band: John Cale: vocals, electric guitar, keyboards, viola Dustin... Read more

    13 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Hctf
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
  • Josie at the Beach

    Josie Beach

    Read more

    13 hours, 12 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Communication Lessons

    What is the one question that almost all human beings seek the answer for? For most of their lives? Yeah, I know, there are those strange beings who want "Who a... Read more

    15 hours, 50 minutes ago by   C. Suresh
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Take Five with Sonny Dhanowa

    Take Five with Sonny Dhanowa

    Photo credit: Hans van der Linden Meet Sonny Dhanowa from Trowbridge in the UK. After studying Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Exeter,... Read more

    16 hours, 8 minutes ago by   Nessascityblog
    DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL
  • Daughter of Madness by Amanda J. McGee

    Daughter Madness Amanda McGee

    GUEST POST5 Favorite BooksWhat author doesn’t like to talk about her favorite books? My problem is narrowing it down, honestly, which is a problem I’m sure... Read more

    17 hours, 42 minutes ago by   Lauriej
    BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Like the Famous Flour Bakery Banana Bread - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Like Famous Flour Bakery Banana Bread HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    version;I'm sure that many enthusiastic bakers would have known or baked this highly reviewed Flour Bakery bread recipe from the book, Flour by Joanne Chang or... Read more

    The 24 June 2018 by   Zoebakeforhappykids
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES