Hi, I have just joined here in my desperate search for help for my daughter & I. I mention the both of us because although she is the one suffering, I am also finding it difficult to cope.
My gorgeous girl is 14, & has developed a serious phobia of vomiting. It is all consuming. She has not been to school for 3 weeks & she has exams coming up. I am so worried about her I can't begin to tell you.
90% of our conversations are about how sick she is feeling. For a long time she has checked the dates on everything she eats, now she worries about who she has been in contact with, have they got a bug, she washes her hands more, (& asks if I have washed mine). She is losing weight as she struggles to eat because she worries it will make her ill. She can't sleep because she's frightened that if she falls asleep she will wake up being sick. She now spends all night on the sofa, TV distracts her enough to fall asleep for a while.
She has been given schoolwork to do at home but she never feels well enough to do it. She is getting further & further behind. School have been very understanding & are arranging a tutor, (but only for an hour a day). We have been to CAMHS & she will start seeing them weekly in a month's time.
In the meantime what do I do? I have never felt so useless. I try to reassure her but it doesn't help. I hate myself for it but when it gets to the 30th time that day that she says she's "definitely going to be sick", I am not always as sympahetic as I should be.
Is there anyone who can help us get out of this living hell?