Being diagnosed with an illness that is going to put you out of action for a prolonged period of time can be devastating. But it’s something that you can bounce back from. Here’s what you need to do to deal with it.
Follow Medical Advice
Dealing with an illness is never easy, but you can only get back to normal if you listen to your doctors. They are the ones that really know what they’re talking about, so make sure you don’t act like you know better. The patient needs to talk to the doctor and give them feedback if the comeback is going to be as smooth as it can be. It should be a two-way process, but your doctor’s advice should always be listened to.
This can be difficult if it means having to change your lifestyle dramatically. But a doctor wouldn’t give you advice just to annoy you or make your life difficult. Having said that, if you are unsure about the advice from a doctor, get a second opinion. But once two doctors have told you the same thing, it’s probably a good idea to listen to that advice rather than ignore it.
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Cover Yourself Financially
One of the big problems that you will face when you are suffering from a long-term illness relates to your finances. Many people find that they can no longer cover all the costs and bills that they have to pay. This is a big problem, so make sure that you give it some thought. If you have a partner to depend on, then the financial hit will probably be a little more manageable.
If you don’t have a partner whose income can tide you over, then you will have to look at the alternatives. First of all, make sure that you are getting the sick pay that you are entitled to. Understanding sick pay entitlement can be tricky. But if you were in a full-time job previously, that employer must give you the statutory level of sick pay for a fixed amount of time while you recover.
Return to Normal Life Slowly
When you have been sick for a long time, you are always anxious to bounce back and get back to normal. This is what everyone wants when something like this happens to them. First of all, it’s important not to rush your recovery. If you do this, you might damage your recovery and put yourself out of action for even longer, and that’s just counter-productive. So, listen to your doctor’s advice and pace yourself.
When the time is right for you to go back to work, then you need to do this slowly. If you have a job to go back to and a supportive employer, then you are in a very fortunate position indeed. This makes everything so much easier, and it’s exactly what you need. Things might take a little longer if you have to find a new job and get used to a new kind of work. Take it easy and go at your own pace. Most importantly, don’t take on more than you can handle.