December 14th, 2006

gravity's rainbow

"telling on" someone

you'll remember me as the girl with the extremely bulimic roommate who is very loud and obvious about her problem. I hear her throwing up about three times a day (I don't know if that's a lot, but it seems like soon you would suffer severe physical effects). All she does when she's here is binge and purge. I'm afraid my sympathy has turned into irritation and resentment because despite conversations about the loudness, it's still quite loud (though she turns on the faucet). I can't move out without breaking the lease, and even if I did, I don't have anywhere to go. So I guess I just have to put up with it, though it's really disturbing.

I've been contemplating telling her friend. I can't offer the emotional support she might need and I don't think anyone else knows about her problem. I don't necessarily want him to confront her about her disorder but clearly she needs some emotional support. I hate the burden of being the only person who knows because I know I can't do anything about it because I'm not her friend and don't have the time to be. I feel like if she really wanted no one to know, she wouldn't be so blatant about it. I don't know if these is a huge "no-no" though but I'm really sick of it.

I've also wondered how others hide their problems when they live with people. How do you cope with living with people or hide your problems? How would you feel if someone interfered or worse, "told" on you to someone you care about or your parents? Would it help?
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