Author’s Important Note: As the warning on the front of this blog said, the legacy takes a sharp turn from this point forward. Camryn is going through a very serious issue right now and I want any readers that are sensitive to mature issues to be fairly warned. The Legacy from this point forward will be NC-17 (please be over the age of 17.)
Caleb came in the house from school and heard the baby screaming in his bassinet. He walked into his parents bedroom and could smell the mess from the door.
“Ugh! Don’t people know how to take care of kids in this house?”
“Ok little man. Big brother’s here.” Caleb coo’d to the baby. He quickly changed the diaper and plopped the soiled one into the diaper genie. “Gross, gotta hand it to you Carter, you really do know how to make a mess.”
Caleb picked up his brother and rocked him a bit. “So where are Mom and Dad Carts?” he asked the baby.
“Coming! Coming…” Olivia burst in the room. “Oh, sweetie, thank you so much. I was just finishing up in the shower. Thought the little man would give me at least 30 mins to myself.” She came over and gently took Carter from his brother and kissed Caleb on the cheek, “How was school Baby?”
“Mom! I’m 13 now. I’m hardly a baby!” Caleb scowled.
“You’ll always be my baby though,” Olivia smiled then coo’d at Carter, “You too…you too mommy’s little baby…”
Carter coo’d and gurgled as Olivia set him back in his bassinet.
“Jeez Mom,” Caleb laughed.
“What?” Olivia laughed back, “I said the same too you when you were Carter’s age!”
“That’s why I’ve turned out like this huh?”
Olivia playfully punched her son on the arm. “Get to homework Mister.”
Caleb scowled again. “Ugh. Homework was so much easier in grade school.”
“Your father isn’t going to be happy about this, but I think we’re going to have to get the contractors out here again, perhaps we can expand the upstairs a bit. I know Camryn would like her own bathroom and Carter here is going to need a room of his own.”
“Yes, room of his own,” Caleb agreed walking out the door to start his homework. “Not rooming with me. I got my room all decked out like I like it!”
Sports posters and Rockers adorned her older son’s walls.
“Mom!” called from the living room. “Aunt Zoe just pulled up!”
“‘Liv, we have to talk,” Zoe didn’t even say hello as she walked in the house.
“Sure Zoe,” Olivia gave Caleb a look and a quick jerk of her head. Zoe never came by the house anymore so if she was here it must be pretty serious.
“Goin…goin…” Caleb mumbled was he trudged off to his bedroom. He closed the door but didn’t latch it all the way and pulled it open slightly to see if he could hear.
“‘Liv, I’m very worried about Camryn,” Zoe began dramatically.
“What Zoe? Just spit it out. What’s going on?” Olivia looked around as if she could see the problem in the room.
“Camryn has been spending far too much time at the gym. She’s there for hours at a time every day. Worse, she’s lost far too much weight in a short time too. Before school, after school, hours on the weekends. I’m worried it’s becoming an obsession with her.”
“What? No, that’s impossible. She’s been picking up shifts at the restaurant.”
“Uhh, no ‘Liv,” Zoe said gently. “That’s just what she’s telling you guys. I wouldn’t even be surprised if she cut her hours at the restaurant. She cannot possibly be working the shifts she was and have time at the gym as she does. She’s constantly on the treadmill, boxing, or weight lifting. She’s been hiding it, but I can see she’s getting dangerously thin.”
“What are you saying Zoe? That Camryn’s anorexic or something?”
“Something. Yes. It’s possible she’s bulimic. But sometimes they go hand in hand. The person may eat very little, then when they get to the breaking point, where they cannot take it anymore, they may binge and then purge over the guilt.”
“Liv,” Zoe looked at her hands. “There’s something else. It’s also possible she’s using that weight loss drug, Simtermine. All the fitness coaches had to attend a mandatory seminar on it a month ago. Apparently there has been a rash increase in use in this area. It increases energy and decreases appetite, however it can be really bad for the heart. There are even cases of people having heart attacks after taking it for an extended period.”
Olivia shook her head, “What makes you think Cam is taking this drug?”
“Well, I found an empty pill bottle inside one of the lockers she uses at the gym after she’d left the other night.”
“It’s that bottle and her secretive behavior that made me come talk to you. Obviously that bottle may not have been hers, but her dramatic weight loss is worrying me.”
“Oh my god Zoe!” Olivia scrubbed her face with both hands.
Olivia took a deep breath. “One thing at a time. I have to get Camryn to a doctor and find out what’s going on. I feel like such a horrible parent not noticing these changes in my little girl.”
“Well, she has been hiding it well,” Zoe patted Olivia’s hand comfortingly. “She never undresses in the locker room anymore. She takes her towel and everything into the shower stall and undresses there.”
“She has been wearing such bulky clothes too,” Olivia said. “I hate to admit, I’ve been so busy with work and the baby, I hadn’t noticed her weight loss.”
“…and you know, I had noticed dishes a few times in her room hidden under the bed. I was honestly irritated at her! I’m so ashamed. I thought she was just being lazy and snacking while staying up studying. I wonder if she’s been binging and if that is part of this problem.”
“It could be, sneaking food can be one of the signs, but every person is different.” Zoe said softly. “You cannot blame yourself that’s not doing anyone any good. You have to help her get help. She’s not likely going to want the help either, but she needs to see a doctor and maybe a specialist.”
Caleb quietly shut the door and began to worry. His sister may be in serious trouble. Sure, they fought, but Aunt Zoe mentioned people having a heart attack! What if something really bad happened to Cam?
The End G02: 03
A/N – This chapter is fiction and I am not in ANY WAY a medical professional or counselor. This story is completely a work of fiction and what works for Sim Characters may not work for you or a loved one. Eating disorders of any kind are extremely serious and dangerous. If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder please get help by calling the confidential helpline for National Eating Disorders at 1-800-931-2237. Or visit the website at nationaleatingdisorders.org