Stress Less as You Recuperate

If you or a loved one has experienced a hospitalization or significant health event, you know that the recovery period can be a stressful and challenging time. Here are some tips to help you as you regain strength and begin to feel better.

See your primary care physician (PCP) within the first one to two weeks after a hospitalization so he or she can be sure you’re recovering properly. Tell your doctor about new diagnoses and medications that were prescribed during your hospital stay.

Ask your PCP about warning signs to look for and when it is appropriate to call for guidance. Identifying symptoms early and notifying your PCP can often alleviate the need for an emergency visit or repeat hospitalization.

If you have a new diagnosis, do your homework. Speak to health care professionals to make sure you understand the diagnosis and any special diet, precautions or monitoring needs.

Ask friends or family for help with tasks such as grocery shopping or a ride to the physician or pharmacy. You may need extra support during this time.

Reach out to clergy and friends to maintain social connections. If you haven’t resumed your normal activities, you may feel depressed. Be sure to notify your PCP if “the blues” persist.

To locate community resources that can help you, call Our Neighbor Network, a free West Valley information and referral service, at 623-832-4ONN (4666).

Be patient and give yourself and your body time to heal. Rest and take good care of yourself!

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