I don't think that you can ever truly be prepared though. My sister has been struggling with eating disorders for years. She feels that they are under control she doesn't see herself when she looks in the mirror - she sees someone else. She has had several issues with her health - low potassium levels, susceptible to infection, thin hair - just to name a few. I have heard about all of these through Mom but I haven't seen the impact for myself.
The first shock was seeing my sister in the hospital bed. She looked so sick. I think that she may have been more thin a time or two before but I can't even picture it. She is all skin and bones with and IV and monitors all over. I am truly scared that if we can't get her into treatment this could be out last Christmas together.
We all took turns telling her how much we loved her, telling funny family stories, and telling her how scared we were of losing her. We ALL cried - even my brothers. We all were truly, truly scared that this could be the start of her slowly slipping away. I know it was hard for my sister to hear. She sat, huddled up in ball, making herself as small as she could, trying not to let all of this affect her. In the end we broke though and she agreed to go into treatment. I left still scared, but now hopeful that maybe this time will make a difference.