Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - Study Guide Interlude - Present Day Summary & Analysis

Marya Hornbacher
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Marya writes about a trip to have her wisdom teeth removed, a procedure that her former eating disorder complicates. Although Marya suggests to the nurses and doctor that they do not need to give her a general anesthetic, they do anyway. The anesthetic causes Marya's heart murmur to become worse. Meanwhile, the antibiotic the doctors give her upsets her stomach so that she throws up and cannot eat. During this time, Marya loses fifteen pounds. She sees her anorexic body returning and can feel bones again. Although Marya wants her husband to notice her weight loss, to mention it so that she can feel proud of herself, he does what is perhaps the smartest thing, he does not mention that he notices.

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