Marie Dysli’s Story, Ctd: Does Hospitalization Help?

Who remembers Marie, our friend in Switzerland who is twenty-one and miserable? Well, she promised to update us on her hospital stay for her eating disorder, and she’s proven good to her word. I’d like to note what an effort it takes to self-disclose like this, especially when you feel your life is falling apart at the seams. Extra kudos to Marie for having the will and the wherewithal to share her struggles.

Her brief dispatch, from last week: Marie_3

This hospitalisation has proved itself more difficult than I thought. Indeed, it’s a real weaning we’ve got to go through when suffering from an eating disorder. [Alarmingly enough, my psychiatrist told me that a quarter of the young diabetics suffer from an eating disorder!]

I was hospitalized mid-April in emergency after a session with my psychiatrist who found me in a really bad state. I only stayed six days at the hospital. It was too hard. Another hospitalization has then been planned carefully and I am now at the 21st day there. The treatment consists of glycemias before and after the three regular meals, an intensive insulin therapy, two sessions a week with my psychiatrist and a weekly meeting with nurses, doctors, endocrinologist, dietitian and psychiatrists. I’ve also been given a contract which stipulates the aims and setting of this hospitalisation. The main aim being to reduce the binging-and-purging and giving me a “healthy experience” upon which I could lean once I get back home.

My general impression is that it’s much pain for little improvement.
[Although the psychiatrists say this hospitalisation is a success.] I am still
afraid of the complications that might happen because I’m not sure I will be
able to take care of my diabetes.

So, does an hospitalisation help? I’m not sure… Now I hate hospitals and doctors again, that’s for sure.

I hope this little update will be useful.

Best wishes,



2 Responses

  1. Penny
    Penny June 4, 2007 at 9:09 am | | Reply


    Thank you for being so brave and sharing you story with us.

    You are in my thoughts.

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson June 4, 2007 at 7:55 pm | | Reply

    Yes, thank you for sharing with us. I agree with Amy & Penny that it takes a lot of strength and courage to share with us.

    I do believe that it is a lot of pain and suffering for what seems like little improvement. But you are setting a course that will serve you or hurt you for the rest of your life. Be strong.

    You know, deep down, that you are working on some real serious issues. They are hard to wrestle with, and will test you and your resolve to change. But you can do it. And when you look back on where you have come from, once you are on your “good path”, you will feel a sense of strength and resolve that you can draw upon forever.

    Be well.

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