How should you respond to offers of help when your child is hospitalized? Should you decline because you don’t want to be an inconvenience? Should you brush them off so you don’t appear vulnerable and needy? Or should you hold people at arm’s length because it hurts to let anyone into your life right now?
Whatever possible reasons you have for refusing assistance, now’s the time to set your objections aside and accept help, especially if your child’s hospital stay will be long. But if someone offer to help and you draw a blank, use this list to get some ideas.
Mail and Papers
Have someone drop off your mail and newspapers at the hospital. Even if the post office is forwarding your mail, have someone check your mailbox in case important correspondence accidentally slips through.
Watch the House
Give trusted neighbors a key so they can walk through and look for leaky pipes and faucets, reset the thermostat, water plants, and check the lights every day or two.
Ask family members or close friends to either move into your home to care for your healthy children or take your kids to their home and care for them there.
Perhaps another parent in your child’s social circle could take over your car pool duties.
Cut down the number of phone calls coming into the hospital bu assigning a communications coordinator to create and activate a phone tree. This is especially if you and your child need to get some rest. Call the coordinator at a set time each day and give her health updates and prayer requests to pass on to others.
The longer your child is hospitalized, the more you need to accept offers of assistance from the people around you. In the next post, we’ll look at five more ways people can help if your child has an extended hospital stay.
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