Dr. O'Toole recently posted this prescient reminder on the role of time in healing on the Kartini Clinic Blog. Time.....sweet, vexing Time.
When the journey begins in such a dire place (as it so often does) progress is intoxicating and when we reach the milestone of "better" it is so, so difficult to not want "back to normal" to follow fast on its heels. It is somewhat daunting to think that you may be feeding and monitoring for years and years to come but sometimes that is the reality. The caregiving journey is long and healing doesn't tend to happen in a clear, straight line. We may not be in the trenches forever but management takes time. Along with 'nerves of steel' and 'herculean fortitude' we need to have eternal patience. I wonder, does it help to have a clear sense of just how long it can take from the very beginning or is it too much too soon? Is it easier to focus on the immediate goal of nutritional rehabilitation and then take a mental breather and regroup for the long haul?
A read of the "How Long Does It Take" thread on Around the Dinner Table forum is a helpful reminder for our impatient, Alpha Parent brains that along with food....time is also medicine.
Also, some research that supports taking the long view:
"Caloric Consumption and Activity Levels After Weight Recovery in Anorexia Nervosa: A Prolonged Delay in Normalization" by Walter H. Kaye, M.D. et al.