Two things to do when your loved one is hospitalized
Though it may sadden you to hear this, this will be the last of the hospital series.
A quick note for those who’ve followed the hospital posts . . . Ann has recovered (mostly) and just today went to work for half a day. Though it was a peculiar affliction, the body is resilient, Ann more so.
For those of you who reached out, thank you! Love you! May your incredibleness rebound on you ten-thousand fold . . . .
And . . .
Viva la era we live in! Not only for quick diagnoses of life-threatening oddities, but also for the unabashed soul energy poured into her healing, from medical staff to friends and family to people unknown.
Now for the information at hand, here you go.
Two things to do if someone close to you is in the hospital:
- Accept help. It will be generously offered. Take it. You know how much you want to help in some small way when others you care for are struck by some calamity. Let them.
- Ask for help. Wherever you can. Think of ways others can help you — they want to so badly even you in your numbness can taste it. And no matter what you think, you need it.
Sounds too simple, yet I can assure you from my recent experience of becoming Mr. Mom and Mr. Dad as well as Partner One and Partner Two in our business overnight — these are the two most important things you can do.
Not only do you assume the responsibilities of the other immediately, you are tasked additionally with running errands for your hospitalized loved one and going back and forth to the hospital as much as you are humanly capable.
Undergirding these two dictums is this principle: You must take care of yourself in order to care for someone else.
Caretakers of all stripes know this to be the prime directive.
These guidelines apply to any and all traumatic situations, of course, not only hospitalization.
Now . . . having said this, go forth and never ever need any of this advice, OK?
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