The stress and emotions associated with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are difficult to deal with on their own, but when children are added to the mix, this stress and emotion can be heightened. Add in an extended rehabilitation stay in a place far away from your children and the stress of determining how to keep in contact with them can be extraordinarily overwhelming.
Keeping in contact with your children during your rehabilitation stay doesn’t have to be difficult, though. The tips below will give you some ideas of ways you can keep in contact with your children while keeping it fun.
Write letters or send cards to each other. Getting something in the mail or looking forward to the prospect of a letter or card arriving can be exciting for both you and your children.
Put a “phone call time” in place and call your children every day at that time.
Send videos to your children while performing various rehabilitation exercises to let them know of your progress.
Depending on the age of your children, ask them to draw pictures to hang in your room.
Setup Skype or other video accounts and schedule video calls with your children. You can even use this opportunity to read them a bedtime story.
Send photos of yourself to your children during rehabilitation letting them know of the progress you are making. Have your children do the same so you can keep up with what they’re doing while you are away.
Use social media to keep in touch and share updates not only with your children, but also with other members of your family.
Source: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au, Accessed: 8/18/17