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Helping Your Loved one Deal with a Complicated Medical Situation

When a person first finds out that their loved one is facing a complicated or even life-threatening illness, it seems like time freezes. People respond to this news in different ways. Some suffer denial. Others cry, while others immediately swing into action. The moment that someone finds out their loved one has a serious health issue, their life changes forever. At the same time, regardless of the diagnosis made, life must go on. In addition to coping with their own sadness and grief, the non-ailing family member must also be a source of support and help their ill family member deal with their infirmity.

Providing Emotional Support

Much of the support that your loved one will need while dealing with their illness is emotional. No one expects to get this news, so it is only natural that they will feel confused, nervous, and afraid. Part of providing support means allowing the sick family member to openly express their concerns, fears, and worries. It is not always necessary to provide solutions to the problems or concerns they have. Sometimes the best way to support an ailing family member is by simply giving a listening ear.

Knowledge is Power

One of the biggest reasons why individuals dealing with complicated illnesses have a sense of fear and dread is because they do not thoroughly know what to expect. Family members can help by researching the illness with their sick loved one, as well as talking to medical professionals who have a bachelor of health information management. Family members may also work with a medical facility’s health information management faculty to gather all pertinent information about their loved one’s medical condition.

The health information management faculty members are the ones who are primarily responsible for collecting and saving medical records that are stored in a medical facility. They have gone through health information management programs at universities, received their bachelor’s degree, and have been accredited by the AHIMA. They serve as a critical link between the hospital medical staff, i.e. doctors, nurses and technicians, and patients.

Make Time to Say Goodbye

As horrific as it is to accept, there are some illnesses for which there are no cures. Some claim their victims quickly, while others offer friends and family members time to say goodbye. One of the best ways to support a family member who is dealing with an illness like this is to take the time to say I love you, offer or ask for forgiveness, provide thanks, and finally to say goodbye.

Comforting a loved one who is facing a complicated medical situation can be heart wrenching. However, they will appreciate the efforts you put forth and you will feel happier with yourself because you were there when your loved one needed you the most.

Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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