Visiting your injured parent in the hospital can be very stressful. Hospitals are filled with sick people, lots of doctors and nurses, different smells and sounds, all kinds of equipment, and often a maze of long halls. You may have never been to a hospital before, and you've probably never been to a hospital under these circumstances — when your parent is a patient. Here are a couple of ways you can prepare yourself for the visit:
- Ask questions about what you might expect. Not having any information leaves a lot up to your imagination.
- Tell your parent or someone you trust your fears about visiting the hospital. They can listen and might even have good suggestions for helping you feel less stressed. Your friends may be good support for you, especially if they've had similar experiences.
Don't be surprised if you need time to get used to the situation. Or if you don't feel prepared enough to handle the stress you feel. Remember that it's a good idea to share your concerns with your parents so that together you can decide whether it makes sense for you to go to the hospital or not.