Hi, I last posted a few months ago and was thrilled to be able to update that my daughter (8yrs at diagnosis of AN) has been doing really well for some time now...… we had absolutely amazing support from this forum during refeeding back in 2016 and it's nice to be able to check-in with positive updates. There were plenty of times when we couldn't see an end to the awfulness and when we found it hard to believe she would ever be able to make a full recovery.
I'm pleased to say that d is still really well - she's 10 now and nearly in her final year of primary school, and is happy, healthy, loves eating and is keen to try lots of new foods. Some of you might remember us and the fact that her diet was restricted down to just five items when she was at her most poorly. It's just wonderful to see her completely back to her old self, and when she says 'I'm hungry' it still makes me beam!
When I last posted I mentioned that I'm writing a book about anorexia in the very young. I'm a child psychologist as well as being a parent to a child with ED, so I figure I'm in a fairly unique position. I've been getting on with writing since then and have made a bit of progress. I'm doing a section on school and was wondering whether any of you would be willing to share your experiences.. I'm interested in anybody's stories, but particularly the experiences of parents of the little ones. These are the things I'm interested in...
Did your school have any suspicions/concerns about eating behaviour before your child got diagnosed? (e.g. in our case the teachers were completely shocked and reported that d was 'absolutely fine' at school).
Did you notice any change in your child's schoolwork while he/she was unwell?
Were the school supportive?
I absolutely won't put anything in the book without getting permission from you - and these questions are more for my general interest than to be written about explicitly.
Thank you so very much,