Best Practices on Recuperating from a Major Injury

The outside world can be considered a cesspool of danger waiting to strike at you when you least expect it. However, you can also face those very same dangers right inside your home. But while you can get away with some of them and attain only minor cuts and scratches, other dangers can result in you sustaining a major injury that may lead to your getting confined in a hospital for treatment. If you’ve recently had a major injury that resulted in your hospitalization and you’re now resting after the most recent treatment done to you, here are some best practices that you can use while recuperating so that you can bounce back faster:

  1. Get a sufficient amount of rest.

While resting in your hospital bed, you may have seen an actor in a movie who’s forcibly pulled out all those IV (intravenous) tubes out of their arms and got themselves dressed before running out of the hospital. You shouldn’t imitate them at all as doing it in real life can further harm you.

  • Instead, you should focus most of your time in hospital confinement to get all the rest that you need for a speedy recovery. After all, you might not be able to do the same again once you go back to doing the usual day-to-day activities that you do.
  • As the major injury that you sustained may still be painful, you should do limited movements and ask a nurse or visitor to help you move.

  1. Have someone bring you nutritious home-cooked meals instead of making do with hospital food all the time.

As most – if not all – hospitals are medical facilities first and foremost, serving nutritious meals to their patients might not be a top priority for them, thus the notorious reputation of hospital food being bland.

  • Since most hospital food is devoid of any nutritional content, your chances of recovering from a major injury might get slowed down given that increased inactivity due to having to lie down in your hospital bed almost all day often results in muscle loss.
  • Instead of struggling to make do with mushy and stale hospital food all the time, you can have your spouse, a relative, or a friend cook meals loaded with carbohydrates, protein, and micronutrients and bring them for you to eat.

  1. Consult a psychiatrist.

Aside from affecting your body, the major injury that you sustained may have affected your mind as well.

  • Seeking help from a psychiatrist can help you conquer the trauma that you’re experiencing as a result of your major injury.
  • Your psychiatrist may try different approaches, from cognitive behavioral therapy to self-hypnosis, depending on the extent that your major injury has had on your mind.

Major injuries can result in loss of life, as more than 200,000 Americans died after sustaining them back in 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You should, therefore, congratulate yourself for not having died despite sustaining a major injury. But as much as you’re raring to get discharged from the hospital where you’re currently confined, you should first follow the above-listed best practices on recuperating from a major injury and contact a lawyer so that you can file a compensation claim against the insurance provider of whoever had caused it to happen to you. Once your medical and hospital bills are taken care of, you can then focus on your recuperation in order to resume living your life free from any injuries.