Being diagnosed with a spinal cord injury can bring many unexpected challenges and adjustments, especially upon arriving home. Victims of SCI typically don't know what to expect for life after sustaining their injury and often have a hard time coping with their new way of life. Although it may not seem like it initially, living with SCI can be manageable, as long as you have the correct information and understand that patience is also required.
Adjusting to Life After SCI
Victims of spinal cord injury tend to have various expectations for what life will be like once they leave this hospital. Some feel happy because they are going home, others feel emotions of stress, anxiety, or depression, while some may experience all of the above. Adjusting can vary depending on the victim's needs, but most people affected by SCI adjust best by setting and meeting their own goals. It's important to understand:
- You may feel "different" in your body during the early stages of SCI. As you become more comfortable with your new self-image, gain a better understanding of what your body needs, and learn the best self-care methods, the feeling will usually fade away.
- It's normal to begin to re-think personal values you had before your accident, and what you think used to be important may not hold the same level of importance anymore – that's OK. Things change with different stages of life.
- Your personality doesn't typically change after an SCI, so you can expect to adjust to life in your own unique way and time frame.
Do's and Don'ts When Managing Your SCI
- DON'T miss follow-up health care visits
- DON'T ignore a doctor's instructions or try to make your own
- DO learn as much as possible about your SCI and treatment options
- DO get emergency help whenever you may need it
- DO wear safety equipment and wear proper techniques when participating in activities that require excessive movement
Contact an Attorney
If you or someone you are a victim of spinal cord injury due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speaking with a skilled professional may benefit your case and help you fully understand the legal options you have moving forward. Here at Christiansen Trial Lawyers, we have a team of lawyers who are dedicated to helping you fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact us today at (702) 357-9977 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team.