Quotations from caregivers at Around the Dinner Table Forum

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Monday, October 21, 2013
One of the persistent things that our D experienced over the past few years was feeling physically ill in her stomach and generally unwell. When she had bad episodes & went to the GP blood tests would come back with low white cells indicating a stomach bug or virus. Antibiotics would show improvement then a few months later feeling ill again.

Sometimes this got really bad & then the ED also ramped up big time so some times D's GPs would see it more psychological than physical.

Finally one of the GPs dug a bit deeper looking for reasons for continual low white blood cells & did a breath test for Helicobacter Pylori & it came up positive.

Recently youngest D was also regularly feeling unwell & got tested for Helicobacter again positive.

I have always been a iron gut type & never much tommy problems other than a bit of diarrhoea now & then . After both D's having Helicobacter I did the breath test & positive so now on antibiotics.
AusEdfamily from the Stomach ailments thread
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I have read posts of others with kids in college.  My daughter returned in August after having to withdraw spring semester.  Knew it wasn't a good idea but treatment team seemed think otherwise and then I thought maybe this time she can do it.  D is likely wr and now binging as a result of stress is her challenge.  She did have many good days but the bad days were full of freaking out post binge, depression and increased anxiety. Most days she could pull it together until this Friday.  I went to her xc meet as I had planned to bring her home for the weekend.  Her roommate texts me that something is wrong.  On my drive to the meet my daughter called me repeatedly asking me why was I not there yet.  It was a 2 hour drive but she didn't care she wanted me there right now.  When I got there she looked like a hot mess.  Eyes were swollen from crying.  She said she didn't want to race.  I was absolutely fine with it.  We ended up leaving and headed back home.  About an hour into the ride I receive a text from her roommate that my d had left a note that she had taken a bunch of pills (dtr. left the note at the meet).  Well I remained as calm as I could.  She was alert and talking or rather begging that I allow her to return to school on Sunday. Decide we are heading straight to the hospital but say nothing.  I pretended to miss our exit and took the next exit which would put me close to the hospital.  I did not want to say anything until we were very close.  My daughter finally clued in and asked why was I going this way and I told her about the text.  At first she denied it and then said she did take a bunch of pills but felt fine.  Did the whole ER thing including a lot of waiting and then being transferred to another hospital for pych. eval.  She admitted to taking the pills with intent to harm self.  Thankfully all blood work fine and psych eval complete.  No inpt psych beds available so we were sent home.  Let dtr know she would not return to school.  We are putting her health first and school on the back burner.  The weekend has been filled with pleading, resignation, more pleading, acceptance ect....For all of the experienced parents who have posted that college is for the healthy, you are RIGHT!!!
papaya from the Withdrawing from College again thread
Monday, October 07, 2013
My D has always been a very "selective" eater.Of course I enabled this by sometimes dishing up 4 different meals for 4 people,according to their likes and dislikes.

She has never eaten sweets,chips,nuts,snack bars,butter,most sauces,bread ect ect.
She does eat olive oil though,to her its healthy.No other oil!

As an ED sufferer myself,I have always made sure enough fruit and veggies,some protein and some carbs,healthy fats,at all meals.She is also not a snacker at all,stopped eating school lunch a couple of years ago.

Now she is eating what I give her.And she will even take some fruit by herself in between meals.She gets impatient if I am late with dinner?.lol.She has however dropped 1.5 pounds last week.

She just says NO to so many things and I cannot convince her to eat anything she has said no to.A lot of this is of course things she never use to eat before.

Me on the other hand have gained 5 pounds already,my partner 5 and my oldest D 3 (they are all so mad at me...lol)and am getting so tired of trying to feed her (eating some potato,bread,rice, to show her its all good,look even Im eating things I wouldnt have touched before) while trying to drop this 5.I end up eating and she still says NO.And for me,not gaining is essential as my ED anxiety goes nuts when I go over a certain weight and I not only want to restrict my intake but EVERYONE around me starts looking too big and I get desperately scared I will overfeed them.
desertmom from the How do you change what they eat thread
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
At the moment d is still losing weight, and is eating only about a third to a half of what she needs to maintain her already very low weight. I read on here about kids who are eating thousands of calories a day, but still have an ED mindset. I can't see how I can break her cycle. Last night she ate half of what I made her, and then for over an hour afterwards repeatedly told me that because she had had such a huge dinner there was no way she was having breakfast tomorrow. She kept saying, 'I'm really looking forward to NOT having breakfast tomorrow'. She's still asleep at the moment, but breakfast will be very soon. She refuses both daytime snacks and nearly always refuses her bedtime snack. Am I being too soft? She just refuses outright to eat them, and I just don't know how to get her to do it.
David from the How do you increase food intake? thread
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