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Blog: Keeping it Together When Your Child is Chronically Ill
When your child is diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes, asthma or cystic fibrosis for example, your world is suddenly like the inside of a snow globe... everything is moving in a flurry of activity and constant change. But eventually, when the fear and panic subside and your child's condition is more or less under control, you as a parent are left with the task of guiding your family's return to "normal" life.
Chronic illness of a child affects the whole family. And depending on what stage you're at, it can feel like nothing will ever be the same again.
But there are things you can do to keep yourself and the bond with all your children (not just the sick one) as close to normal as possible. These are things that worked for me after my daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and I was searching for ways to cope for myself, for her and for my other daughter.
Communication: The Magic Word
- Talk openly and clearly with your child about everything that's happening. If you try to protect them from the truth of their condition, their worst fears and worries take over.
- Everyone in a family is touched and hurt when one is sick. Talk to your other children about the illness. Answer their questions. Reassure them.
- Also speak openly with your child's teachers, friends, and parents of friends to alleviate any concerns they may have about your child's safety while he or she is in their care.
Let Them Enjoy Some Control
Many parents of newly-diagnosed children want to wrap them in bubble wrap and keep them under lock and key. Your child needs self confidence and self esteem now more than ever, so let them take part in activities they need to develop and grow like a regular kid.
- Chronic conditions can leave kids feeling like they have no control over their lives. Whenever possible, let your child have a say in his treatment -- where and how it takes place, for example.
- Let them choose their own childrens medical ID bracelet. They get the fun and control over picking a style and color they like. You get the peace of mind knowing that they're protected (even when you're not there) by a simple piece of jewelry that communicates their condition to emergency workers. Cool styles are available for teens too!
A serious health condition in a child can also leave the parents feeling a loss of control and a sense they've somehow failed to protect their baby from pain. Use the internet and turn to your health care professional to learn as much as you can about your child's condition and your role in managing it. Knowledge will also help keep your worry and panic from raging out of control!
You need to take care of yourself during this trying time so you don't fizzle out under the strain. Remember, you can't take care of someone else if you're always feeling drained and run down.
- Make sure you're eating, sleeping and caring for your own health needs. It's way too easy to get absorbed in your child's health and forget your own.
- Talk it out. Carrying the weight of a sick child without support is just too hard. Do you have a friend, counselor, minister, or other confidante to talk to about how you're feeling?
- Get away. We all need time to recharge our batteries with some quality "me time". It doesn't have to be a big vacation. Even a few hours somewhere special can refresh and renew us.
Ask for Help
People are often grateful for a chance to help once they know how to be useful. Remember, this is all new to your friends and family, too. So swallow your pride and ask for help when you need it from a kind neighbor, a friend, or respite care worker.
It will help restore your strength and maybe even strengthen your bond with your friends.
When living with major medical conditions, allergies, or while taking medications, medical IDs provide medical personnel with vital information that’s critical to your personal health. However, medical IDs are often unattractive, causing you to choose between style and your medical information. This doesn’t have to be the case with N-Style ID’s fashionable medical bracelets.
Our vast selection of pretty medical bracelets offer a stylish and contemporary look to compliment your appearance, while providing important medical information. Each bracelet contains your crucial medical information that’s engraved in a creative medical ID.
Among the most popular of N-Style ID’s designs is the 14K Bangle Yellow Gold Medical ID Bracelet. The beautiful medical bracelet adds sophistication to your medical information with a permanently attached medical tag. With this subtle, yet stunning bracelet, First Responders will have the information they need during an emergency.
Over two million people in the United States have epilepsy, and for those individuals, carrying a medical ID bracelet with them at all times is critically important to help them get the medical assistance they need quickly and efficiently in the event of an unexpected seizure. Custom engraved medical alert bracelets from N-Style ID can communicate vital medical information when an epilepsy patient may not be able to speak for himself or herself. We also understand that wearing a boring, traditional medical bracelet can get old, which is why offer a wide range of stylish and fun ID bracelets.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which abnormal brain activity causes recurrent, unprovoked seizures during which the person experiences abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations. Symptoms of epilepsy may include temporary confusion, staring spells, uncontrollable jerking movements, and loss of consciousness or awareness. While symptoms vary from patient to patient, it is quite common that a person with epilepsy may be unable to communicate what is happening to those around them or to explain the medical attention they need in a timely manner. Continue reading
Over 18 million people in the United States have diabetes, including early onset type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease and usually occurs later in life. While those numbers continue to grow year after year, it’s important to learn critical steps that can be taken to prevent type 2 diabetes, especially among those who are at high-risk for development. (There is currently no prevention for type 1 diabetes). By taking these preventative steps you can help to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, and also lower your risk for possible complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other health problems.