My daughter, Cathy, is 15. She has been on the couch for three days now with an injured hip. (Find story in earlier post “Family Night?”) The pain meds are not helping.
The weird thing is … there is no bruise at all. How could that be??
The other issue: my daughter is 5’6″ and 105 lbs. Most women in my family are tall and thin, so that’s not so strange. But she has awful eating habits. She doesn’t like to sit at the table for dinner. She eats mostly sugar and carbs (bread, noodles, some cereal). She eats dry packets of instant oatmeal. Ew.
Today I went in her purse to get her ipod headphones for her. I found a plastic sandwich bag with stool softeners. They are the over-the-counter type. Generic. I can imagine that she might need them due to the lack of fiber in her diet. But I also worry about eating disorders. This isn’t the best time to deal with it, with the hip issue going on. But I’m not sure what to do next with her. Certainly she’s been under a lot of stress, like alls of us, with the drug issues that went on here over the past year with her brothers.
Just needed to type it out. As I type, I’m seeing a situation that calls for mild intervention. Maybe the school counselor. Maybe teen alanon. Maybe a few sessions with a private counselor if I can get her to go.