Recovering from an injury is never easy, but for the stay-at-home mum or sole carer, it can be an absolute nightmare. Pain and limited mobility are bad enough to deal with, but it isn’t like you can take a few weeks off to recover. But it is possible; after all, it has to be. If you’re struggling to juggle recovery and childcare, here are a few ideas for getting you through the coming weeks.
Rest when you can
You need your sleep, and you might need to immobilise a part of your body. Don’t overdo it; you don’t want to exacerbate your injury. Take any opportunity to rest and look after yourself - so what if the vacuuming doesn’t get done for a few weeks, or the bathroom’s looking a bit worse for wear. Your recovery is more important than any of that.
Get the best treatment
It’s important that you don’t suffer unnecessarily, and that you’re given the best treatment so that you can heal as fast as you can - after all, you’ve got things to get back to. If you can afford it, consider taking your treatment private. If you need any operations or rehabilitative care, the waiting lists are much shorter, so you’ll be back to yourself in no time at all. Leg injuries can be the most incapacitating, as your mobility is severely affected. In this case, make sure you contact Highgate Private Hospital’s highly trained orthopaedic specialists, foot and ankle surgeons for speedy service that’ll get you back on your feet in no time.
Have the kids help themselves
If you have slightly older kids, now could be a good time to get them to be a bit more independent. With your supervision, encourage them to cook dinner for the family, do laundry, and clean their rooms. A little bit of financial bribery could help, but they’ll feel proud to know they’re helping their family out during times of difficulty too.
If there’s anything that doesn’t need to be done specifically by you, and the kids are too young to help, then consider outsourcing for a few weeks. Even if it’s just getting someone in to do the laundry and clean the house every few days, you’ll be amazed at the weight it takes off your mind. And it’s not a permanent solution, but in the short term, while you’re recovering, it’s important that you let other people take responsibility.
Make sure you ask for help
You can’t do this on your own. Firstly, your partner needs to step up to the mark and make sure you’re only doing what you’re capable of. If it means that he has to come in from work and do a load of laundry and wash up, as well as cook for the kids, then so be it - it’s not forever. And if you have family and friends nearby, or the mums of your children’s friends, ask them to watch the children so you can get some sleep and relax occasionally - people really won’t mind helping out.
Good luck, I hope you are fully recovered soon, and the kids don’t give you too much hassle!