You get in a serious car accident. While you only suffer physical injuries that should heal completely in time, your spouse suffers a serious brain injury. The doctors warn you that healing may take time or may never come at all.
It's difficult to think about. You want to do everything in your power to help your spouse get back to who he or she was before the accident. You start looking into what types of actions will promote brain healing.
To help, here are a few key tips for your spouse from medical professionals:
- Get physical activity, but start slowly. Work up to it. Don't overdo it right at the beginning, but don't neglect the physical side, either.
- Make sure you rest when you need it, even if this means getting a lot of rest during the day. In addition, set things up so that you get a good night's sleep.
- Try to limit your intake of any drugs, even legal ones like alcohol or caffeine. If you get tired, get more rest, not another cup of coffee.
- Embrace a healthy diet. Your body needs plenty of nutrients and vitamins to heal. Give it the tools that it needs so that you can see optimal results.
- Be patient. This is not an overnight process. It has its ups and downs, its ebbs and flows. Remember that. Focus on the long-term picture and don't get frustrated when healing does not happen right away.
- Drink enough water. Like eating healthy foods, proper hydration is a must. This is also why you want to avoid coffee and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.
- Do not do anything dangerous that could make the injury worse. For instance, because all brain injuries are different, work closely with your doctor when deciding if you can ride a bike, drive a car or operate heavy machinery.
- In general, try to get rest and avoid things that are too physically demanding.
- Find new ways to replace the skills you lost. If you have trouble remembering things, for instance, you can reduce your stress by taking more notes and writing everything down.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help. Let other people take on difficult tasks and provide you with assistance. Look to your family and friends as a support network so that you can focus on healing.
If your spouse takes these tips to heart, they can help with the healing process moving forward.
That said, there really is no guarantee. This takes time and every brain injury is different. Make sure that both of you know what legal options you have to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.