If your child’s nurse in the acute care unit has more than one patient, you may find it more challenging to balance caring for yourself and caring for your child. When you always want someone to be with them, it can be difficult to step away for a moment alone, or to get food, connect with family, or take care of work.
One of the best things you can do to care for your child is to care for yourself. This is especially true after your long journey through surgery and the ICU. Now that your child is more stable, give yourself some breathing room to focus on self-care.
Most acute care units have practical and emotional resources to support you. You can often coordinate with your child’s nurse to allow you to leave and relax for a bit. Soon it will just be you and your child at home, so use this opportunity to take care of yourself while the nurses can help.