4 Things to Remember When You’re Sick and Need to Work

by Sarah Ruhlman

It would be nice if everything in the world slowed down to make it easier for us when we’re coping with a serious injury. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you’re a parent and you have responsibilities, then you’re not going to get the break that you necessarily need. You’re still going to need to take care of business. So, how do you go about that?


Keep up some habits

You’re going to be dealing with a seriously eroded sense of self-reliability when you get injured or sick. Beyond meaning that you’re able to do less around the home, it can also impact your confidence and self-esteem. Make sure it doesn’t take too much of a toll on you, mind and body, by asking the doctor how safe it is to get more active. There are a lot of ways to work out regardless of what injury you’re dealing with and not only will they help you feel in control and maintain a routine, it can help speed up recovery.

Don’t let money be a concern

If an injury puts you out of work, then one of your immediate thoughts will be about how you’re going to support the home financially. This is the time to start making some phone calls. Besides time off, does your boss offer any insurance to help support you? Do your own health or other insurance providers? Could an injury lawyer help you make a claim? Will a landlord ease off a little on rent until you’re better? There are a lot of solutions to dealing with the trouble of money when you’re temporarily out of work. It’s about exploring all those options.

Don’t push yourself

You’re going to want to get back on your feet sooner rather than later, we’re sure. But pushing yourself too hard can have all kind of harsh effects that last longer than the original injury would have. For instance, if you’re careful with your medication, especially pain medication, you could end up doing more damage inside your body and even potentially putting yourself at risk of addiction. Eat well, sleep well, get what exercise is safe, but don’t think about brute forcing your way to better health.

Keeping the kids taken care of

Beyond your own recovery and the financial situation of the home, if you have kids then you’re going to have to make sure they’re taken care of as well. Besides finding either friends, family or professional help to look after them, get them to school, and help you make meals for them, you should think about their emotional wellbeing, too. If a child has never seen a parent sick or injured, it can be quite a knock for them when that parent is suddenly and deeply unwell. Helping them cope with your injury is as important as coping with it yourself.

As long as the world isn’t going to stop and we have things to take care of, we have to be careful with how we handle recovery. Know when to ask for help and know when you’re potentially endangering your recovery. You won’t help anyone by taking more risks with your health.

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