Aimee normally purges as much as every 10 minutes, and she's been kept from doing so for close to an hour.
"Do you feel the pull to want to go be alone with your disease?" Dr. Phil asks her.
She nods. "Mm-hmm."
Dr. Phil asks Aimee, "Does even a part of you believe that you can come back from this? So that little part of that girl we were looking at on the screen, is there a little part of you that believes that maybe you can come back from this and have a happy and healthy life?"
"Very small," she says.
Dr. Phil says, "Aimee, you told our producers that we had a guest who really hit home with you. Jennifer only weighed 63 pounds " but what impacted you about her?"
"She fought to get through it," she replies.
"Well Jennifer is actually here," says Dr. Phil, "and I am happy to report once again that she is doing even better than the last time we saw her and is now up to 103 pounds. Forty pounds up." He invites Jennifer to come out, greets her with a warm embrace and asks how she feels.
"I feel fantastic," she says, beaming.
Dr. Phil introduces Jennifer to Aimee and asks if she has anything to say to her.
She says, "Aimee, I was sitting exactly where you are about a year and a half ago. I was terrified, as you are. I had been in several treatment facilities. I walked in and out AMA or just reluctant to want to stay and to give up that control, and I have to say, over the past eight months, I had to give up a lot of the control in order to gain my life back, but I decided that I didn't want to live like a vegetable anymore. I didn't want to be cared for and taken care of and so dependent upon my parents, and I think there's a little " just a little spark of hope within you that wants that as well. And if there is, I want to do whatever I can to inspire you to really conquer this because you can do it. It is possible."
Dr. Phil has surprise for Aimee. "My after-care treatment team has been working really hard on your situation, Aimee, and has secured a spot that I
A representative from the facility, Nicole Siegfried, offers further description. "It is a very small treatment facility. We only take 10 residents at a time, so we can give a lot of one-on-one kind of care in treating the whole person. It's a home-like environment. It's 36 acres, so it's very comfortable, a lot of outdoor activities, but very focused on what's the most important part: becoming yourself again."
"And that is a process, as you described it," says Dr. Phil. Turning back to Aimee he says, "Look, I don't want to under-represent this challenge to you. My prediction is that when they talk with you and do an evaluation that you're probably going to need to be hospitalized for probably a month. You're probably going to need to be under close in-patient medical supervision for an extended period."
Nicole agrees and Dr. Stork confirms that Aimee is not medically stable at this point.
"I'm suspecting that there has never been a time in Aimee's life that she's had more focus, more help, more concentration than she has at this precise moment in time," says Dr. Phil. Turning to Aimee, he says, "The question to you is will you grab on and give this a shot? And not just say it, but give yourself a chance? You said, 'This is the end of the road for me.' The end of the road has a terrific rest stop, and we're offering that to you. Will you do it?"
Aimee doesn't give Dr. Phil the resounding yes he was hoping for. Instead, with great hesitancy, she says only, "Yeah."
"Do you mean it?" he asks.
"Yeah, I mean it," she says. "I just worry about the treatment before going into the treatment center. That very much concerns me."
Dr. Phil understands her concern, but says, "You've got to be willing to give up some control here and trust that people around you love you and care about you and want to help you. Give yourself this chance. We're not going to do it to you; we're going to do it with you. OK? We're in this together. Deal?"
"Yes," she says.