Accident, helping family.
Enclosed is my Step-Father’s truck after he hit a semi. Injuries resulted in a helicopter ride to a trauma center. I am happy to report a happy ending, he made it, and he is now in rehabilitation.
So a lot happened very quickly after the accident happened. Heaven forbid, it happens to your family, what can you do? Can you be ready?
For starters, knowing your families’ code status. Do they want to have CPR done? Do they want to be on a ventilator?
Next, write down medications, herbs, supplements that are being taken. Put in on a card and place it in your wallet next to your drivers’ licenses. First responders are going to try to identify you. If your medications are near your licenses they are going to find it, but they aren’t going to dig through your wallet to find it. This is also a good place to mention if you wear a hearing aide, glasses, and dentures. These things can go missing when the focus is on if you are breathing and your heart is working.
The helicopter ride. It is VIP. Odds are only the person who is injured is going to ride. This means that family or other members called to the accident are not going with the helicopter. They will need a ride to the hospital, as they may now not have a vehicle to drive due to the accident.
At the hospital. The injured is now the patient. They come first. Family may not be allowed in to the room with the patient, as caregivers are doing their best. Let them do their jobs. Then when they can stabilize the patient, they will begin letting two members in at a time. Send in the persons who need to be there. The cousin twice removed on your great-uncles’ side, is not usually a priority member. When visiting and knowing, there are others who need to visit too, keep the time short. This helps not to wear out the patient and everyone gets to “lay eyes” on the patient.
Support is greatly appreciated. Prayers for good outcomes are always welcomed. Rides to and from the hospital are helpful for family. Waiting room refreshments are helpful and a good hot meal is much appreciated when family just can’t leave the waiting room and need to be close by.
Understand that families of the patient will be tired, stressed, and have a host of emotions. Do not take anything personal at this time. They are dealing with an information dump of education on how to help the patient get better. Lots of education, treatments, care, and follow up appointments are being set up. There will be still plenty of time for visiting once the patient is discharged home. The patient and family will still need prayers, support, and help with simple things they have not made a priority, like mowing the grass. And yes, bring the casserole. Someone will eat it.
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