Thursday, 6 September 2012

A Diagnosis!

Finally, after about a year, I have been officially been diagnosed with an eating disorder - Sub-clinical Anorexia Nervosa.. always the complicated one, eh? ;-)
Basically, because I've come from an obese weight, I don't have a BMI of 17.5 now, meaning I'm not 'anorexic'. However, I've gone from a BMI of 36 to 18 - so there is clearly a problem! Part of me is relieved to have actually been given a diagnosis. It just confirms that actually, I do need treatment and that there is something wrong. Maybe now, I will get some form of decent treatment?! 
Well, if I do, it's going to be complicated! The University I am going to is 11 miles away from the nearest unit. Easy by car, but by train - it's 2 trains totalling 90mins! It's only 15mins more to come home, so I might as well come home for treatment! At least then, over holiday periods, I'm back at home. I shall be ringing my local hospital in the morning to see whether it's possible to come back fortnightly, maybe? I'm seriously hoping this will be ok, as I don't want to spending a day a week, trekking around places that are unfamiliar to me :-(
Also, I'm really not sure whether or not to tell new friends that I have an eating disorder? (I mean, I didn't even tell me old/current ones haha!)I have no idea how I'd take it, if I were on the receiving end of that news. Would I avoid someone? I know it's harsh and judgemental, but don't we try to avoid complicated situations? And then, how I actually going about explaining it, is another thing! Ah well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Also, sorry about the lack of August favourites. To be honest, I haven't been wearing make up as I've had fewer shifts and have been lazing around at home watching countless episodes of the inbetweeners! Can't believe I've only just watched them, they're hilarious! I have finished those now though, so I need something else to occupy my brain. Any suggestions? ;-)
What is everyone else up to? Are you back at work/school?


HannahStudentLife said...

Great post :) Well done you! Just a little from my experience, once you get to university I think you'll meet people in similar situations, it's a variety of people and everyone has some form of issue. my three best friends I've met at uni all have something, one is autistic, one is a recovering anorexic and the other is bipolar. It's a new kettle of fish from secondary school. I don't see why you'd need to tell them, an illness doesn't define a person, so no reason for them to know :) it's your personality they'll be interested in. hope that helps xxx

whatiknownow said...

Aw, thank you! Wow, that's one bunch of people - and I bet they're all really nice and probably really intelligent! If my uni life is anything like yours, I'll be happy. Yours seems SO interesting as there never seems to be a dull moment! ;) xxx

HannahStudentLife said...

p.s. I just gave you a mention on my most recent blog post, I hope you don't mind :) xx

whatiknownow said...

Not at all, thank you! :)xx

pink said...

Hi, just found this blog from Hannah's recent blog post!

Had a quick read through some of your posts and it sounds like you have been through a heck of a lot, but are now moving in the right direction again! Look forward to reading some more updates on how things are going with you at Uni and as for telling people I don't think it matters either way, obviously don't introduce yourself as "Hi, I'm Sam and I have sub-clinical Anorexia Nervosa" but if you feel comfortable telling new friends as situations arise I don't think they'll be making bad judgements or anything and if they did then perhaps they're not worth having as a friend anyway!

Take care and enjoy your day :-)

whatiknownow said...

Aw, thank you so much for the support! I think you are most definitely right :-) Although, that is actually hilarious though.. imagine the look on someone's face if I went up and said that - I think I'd burst out laughing ;-) Have a nice day too! xx

Rachael said...

I wish you all the best in pulling through your current rough patch- don't worry! xx

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