As you watch your child’s remarkable recovery after surgery, you are excited for the day when you can take them home.
Most parents look forward to the simple, everyday experiences in the comfort of a familiar place. If you’re bringing home a new baby, you want to feed them and hold them close. If your child is older, you want to see them in their own bed, feeling safe and secure.
At the same time parents are looking forward to a return to “normal,” it’s common to worry about your child’s safety when you leave the hospital and to feel overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities. Even at home you can continue to get help and advice from your care team so that you can give your child the best care possible.
Once you are on your own, you may feel like you can’t remember how to do everything or can’t handle it all. Life can feel very messy at this point. Remember that you are just beginning the process of learning to care for your child. Be patient with yourself and give it time.
You will soon become an expert in all the skills you need and know who to call when there’s a problem. Get started at home by prioritizing what’s most important and creating a routine. Always reach out to your care team when you need medical advice, or to others in your support network when you need to talk.