Living With a Spinal Cord Injury - Concerns of the Caregiver
Whether or not you are the main
caregiver for your loved one, living with and/or caring for him or her can be both
rewarding and difficult. Watching someone deal with such a serious injury can
be painful but also inspirational. Sharing the small and large victories can
provide a shared pleasure and forge a stronger relationship. But setbacks and
"bad days" can be frustrating and traumatic.
The key to working through frustrations is communication.
It is important that both you and your loved one talk about what bothers you
and about what your expectation are. In a sense, you are in a
new relationship: roles in your family may have changed dramatically. Discuss
what you are feeling about the changes, and explain them. This can help you
understand each other's needs and foster a healthy relationship. Love and support are key to your loved one's recovery and to your
well-being as a caregiver.