A chronic illness diagnosis can be a scary experience — but for your children, it can be even more frightening. If your kids are having trouble understanding what you’re going through, these tips can help.
#1: Be Honest About Scary Symptoms
Your children will likely see you go through some tough times. Whether it’s flare-ups or medication side effects, you’ll want to explain what’s going on. The key is to talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way. Young kids don’t need to hear every scientific detail, but some teens may take comfort in knowing more about what’s happening.
#2: Tell Them What You Need
Getting kids to listen and do what you ask can be a challenge any time, but it’s important that you tell them what you need, especially when your illness is flaring. Kids understand more than we give them credit for sometimes. Letting them know you need help with household tasks or quiet while you rest isn’t too much to ask. And you might be surprised just how much your kids listen when you’re honest with them about why.
#3: Schedule One-on-One Time
One of the frustrating things about dealing with a chronic illness is finding time to fit everything in. You need to keep up with your normal life. You need to fit in treatments. And you need to find time to rest and recover. During the adjustment-to-diagnosis phase, your kids may begin to feel left out. So make sure your new normal includes one-on-one time. During these times, they can ask questions and share about their lives too.
Family-Friendly Treatments at Infusion Express
If IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express. Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices. Get your treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs or digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline, and you can even bring your kids! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We want you to live your best life, so we offer day, evening and Saturday appointments at all of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.