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Finding Help While You Recover From a Serious Injury

Oct 11, 2017 by

The toughest part of suffering a major injury isn’t the injury. Make no mistake; it’s definitely not fun to, say ,slip on ice and break your leg, but your body usually creates enough adrenaline to get you through those terrible initial moments. But after the incident that hurts you comes things like surgery and casts and pain. There’s a ton of pain on the road to recovery, which means that once you get home from the hospital, you’ll probably need to ask for help.

Asking for help is tough. Sometimes we’re raised to believe that pain is weakness, and to admit to pain is to admit to being weak. Other times we’re afraid of “bothering” people, even if there’s no indication they would be bothered by a request for help.

If you’ve sustained a serious injury, you don’t have to ask for help from everyone. But chances are that you will have to seek assistance from one or two trusted people, regardless of of it’s a friend, relative, or roommate.

One of the biggest challenges will be taking a bath. You may be able to give yourself a sponge bath, but that’s not the best long-term solution. Look into buying a chair or stool for your shower if you have trouble standing up while you recover. A handle with a suction cup can also be attached to your shower to assist you in entering and leaving the tub.

In some cases, insurance will help pay for a home health aide to come to your residence and assist you for a short time. Don’t be embarrassed about using the help, and remember that home health aides are used to seeing vulnerable people. You aren’t going to shock them or disgust them.

If you need help getting to and from medical appointments, ask a friend if they’d be willing to drive you there and back. Make it clear that you’re more than happy to pay for gas or buy them dinner. Feel free to joke around about your injury if you’re comfortable doing so. You want people to know that you’re hurt, not dead.

Hopefully, you’ll recover from the worst part of your injury in a few weeks, with nothing more than a limp or scar to show for it. That doesn’t always happen, though. If your disability is expected to linger, it’s time to make more wholesale changes to your house. Handicap bathtubs are a good solution for people facing long-term limited mobility. As a bonus, such bathtubs include a hydrotherapy system that will help relieve any aches and pains that might have lingered.

You’ll also probably find that some of the things in your house don’t make as much sense as they did before you were injured. That elliptical machine in your guest room may not be of much use anymore. You might need to replace some items in your bedroom to make it easier for you to get in bed and go to sleep. As you shift items around, it’s a good idea to ask your friends with help moving some pieces of furniture to a storage unit. If you don’t have a storage unit, start looking for one. Bribe friends and family members with pizza and beer or pay them in actual cash, but know that they’ll probably be glad to help out. After all, you’ve probably done similar things for them.

You may have permanent physical changes from this injury, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good, active life. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety while you recover, look into scheduling a few sessions with a qualified counselor. There’s no harm in talking about some of the more unpleasant emotions you’re experiencing. The biggest injury is to your body, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss whatever is happening with your mind.

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