Woman Next Door Making Herself Throw Up Every Night
July 17, 2013 11:11 PM Subscribe
I'm up again listening to this poor woman torture herself, it's so loud.
posted by OneHermit to Human Relations (58 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in the city. I'm lucky enough to live in a building where one does not typically hear much noise from neighbors, if any at all. However, a few months ago a couple moved into the condo adjacent to mine, and ever since when I happen to be up in the wee hours of morn I hear the woman in her bathroom running her shower, gagging, and spitting violently. She's really going for it. It is SO loud and dramatic. It's as if suddenly my bathroom walls are paper thin, whereas with the previous tenants I rarely heard a peep, only the sounds of water pipes in action.
The 'water running' is classic, I did it when I 'tried' bulimia out for a few months in high school when I was in a dark place, until my Mom caught on and put a stop to it. I know what it can do to the esophagus, stomach, and heart...
This is NOT any of my business, whatsoever. However, the day she's wheeled down my hallway in a body bag I'm going to feel like a complete failure of a human being. I know that's dramatic and only happens to a fraction of bulimics, but it could happen, especially with the frequency and ferocity with which this woman is harming herself.. and that small chance makes me feel obligated to act in some way. I don't think there's been a single night/early morning since they've moved in, when I've been awake, that I haven't heard this going on. It's stressing me out.
This may appeal to the don't ask don't tell crowd, but her ritual is very loud and has shocked me awake when my dog hears her and flips out. Her emotional turmoil trumps my dog flipping dung naturally, but I think it's relevant to mention.
Is there any possible way to approach this issue without being the infamous intrusive crazy neighbor? Do you think it's actually conceivable that her husband is such a sound sleeper that she's successfully been able to hide this from him for God knows how long? I can't imagine he's blind to it. I feel like I have to say something to her when we pass each other in the hall next. Possibly ask her if she'd like to have lunch sometime? It would be strange, most people here are quite private, busy professionals. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated