When you have someone that you care deeply for who loses a limb, you want to be there to help them as much as possible. You also might feel overwhelmed or even nervous that you might make the situation worse! Here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we help people at the middle stages of the healing process where they are starting to look at prosthetics. Loved ones can be there to help amputees cope with limb loss from the very beginning.
A crucial key in helping a loved one cope with limb loss is to remind them that they are still worthwhile. Many new amputees are getting used to the fact that they aren’t able to do things as easily as before, and it can cause feelings of anxiety or depression. By showing your loved one that your love for them hasn’t changed, they can hold to that part of themselves that hasn’t changed with the surgery.
Another way to help someone cope with limb loss is to ask a lot of questions or find a medical professional that your loved one feels comfortable talking with. There are so many questions that come with limb loss, and many of them you don’t even know that you don’t know until you are at home! Be sure that you have a good enough relationship with your loved ones and their medical team that you can ask questions when they can’t.
To learn more about helping a loved one cope with limb loss, talk with our team at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics.