It never fails to shock when you wake up in the morning to find death sitting on the side of your bed, waiting for its subliminal whisperings to wake you.
Refusing to so much as glance at the intruder, I got up and went through my Sunday 'to do' list.
Number one, buy salad stuff for lunches... Number two, bake brownies for colleagues' birthdays tomorrow... Number three, mark kids' work... Number four, gym... Number five...
Still ignoring the cloak of darkness, I shower and find my way downstairs, chattering about Jamie Oliver and brightly listing ingredients, envisioning birthday brownies in cheery homemade boxes, red with white polka dots.
It'll be alright, I tell myself. Just keep moving. It'll pass.
Two days later, as I sit in the doctors' surgery, I wonder if it would have somehow all been okay if I'd made it to Tescos to buy what I needed.
"Back in a bit", I said, trying to ignore the back breaking heaviness and the winter chill as I grab my bag.
I never made it to the front door.
Instead, I half crawled up the stairs into my bedroom, where I sank down against the radiator, slumped in a dazed stupor wondering if there was anyone in the world who I could call to for help.
I didn't realise I couldn't move until I tried when I heard mum coming upstairs. neither did I realise that I was crying quite uncontrollably.
I've since been signed off work for a month (which I won't take) and had a week off work.
Unusually (for me), rather than the time off being detrimental, it has actually helped and I am feeling better than I did.
My folks (my poor folks) have been amazingly supportive, desperately worried and willing support me in almost anything that I think might help.
In desperate depression, I scoured the web looking for a hotel I could stay in just to get a break. The darkness worsened as my inability to make any decisions left me feeling increasingly despondent and hopeless. I figured that I would probably just spend the whole time binging and purging anyway.
I've ended up booking a week in a sort of retreat centre that I stumbled upon.
I have no idea how it will be, or whether I'll last the week. I leave tomorrow.
Certainly, last week, I was far too unwell to go anywhere.
There's no internet where I'm going so I will have to rely on my phone to check here or to post anything.
It's a risk, in some ways... I don't feel as though I am 'safe' with myself at the moment. Tonight's TWO binge and purge sessions show that.
The Woman was very concerned when I saw her last Monday.
She made me go to the doctor (saying that if I didn't, SHE would). She also gave me her mobile and made me communicate things during the week.
I was terrified by this new step.
This morning’s appointment with the Eating Disorders team was terrifying but I won't go into it at the moment. Suffice to say, they expect me to start full time treatment with them when they get up and running at the end of February.
I fought a surge of hysteria as they told me about eating two meals a day under their supervision.
I can't imagine being able to.
After this, The Woman was a warm blanket.