Spending a few days to a week or more in the hospital to recuperate from a major surgery or serious illness can often be necessary, and, while few adults enjoy a hospital bed over the comforts of home, many do enjoy the break of sorts to relax and renew. However, being hospitalized when you have a small child or children at home can bring an entirely new layer of complexity to the process. What should you do to manage your stay to provide the least disruption to your everyday life? Should your child spend days visiting you in the hospital or is it better for him or her to wait until you return home? Read on to learn more about managing your hospital stay when you have young dependents.
Arrange for alternative at-home care
Even if the hospital at which you're staying has caregiving options for children or younger family members, enlisting a relative, friend, or family member to care for your children in their own home can often be preferable. When a parent is in the hospital, a child is likely to be anxious and worried about these recent changes, and keeping other aspects of his or her life as familiar as possible during this time can do much to quell these fears. Having someone lined up to take your child to daycare or school and pick him or her up at the end of the day can provide some normalcy during a time of upheaval.
Check out some books
Even if you've graduated from paper books to an e-reader, having reading material on hand in the hospital can help the days go by much more quickly. While you're looking for your own reading material, you may also want to search for a few age-appropriate books for your child about hospitals and coping with a parent's illness. There are a number of books targeted to children of all ages that explain the purpose of a hospital, the role of doctors and nurses, and can help answer some questions your child may be afraid to ask directly (like "why is my parent tired?" or "will something bad happen after my mom or dad gets home from the hospital?").
Befriend the hospital staff and ask questions
If your child will be spending some time with you while you're in the hospital, there's never a better opportunity to turn this into a learning experience. Asking (or allowing your child to ask) simple questions to the doctors and nurses involved in your care can educate while dispelling fears of the unknown. This time spent may even pique your child's interest in medicine enough to pursue it as a career path later in life.
I am one of those people who hates going to the doctor. In the past, I have relied on everything from cranberry juice to apple cider vinegar to fix my ails. As I get older though, I find that I need to rely more on traditional medicine than I did in the past. What I found out from my doctor is that I did not have to give up the holistic medicines I used. I could combine them. This blog is designed to help others focus on how to combing holistic treatments with traditional medicine in a safe and fun way.