Sustaining a serious injury as a result of an automobile accident can be an intensely traumatic experience. The event itself is enough to send us into shock for a considerable amount of time, and the physical injuries we suffer can be life challenges. Even the smallest of car accidents can mean the drivers or passengers are destined to a lengthy spell in hospital. This article looks at what happens to us after we are released from these places and how we can start to get back to some kind of normality.
Type Of Injury
The most common type of injury sustained from a car accident is damage to your neck or back. Head injuries are also fairly common and can require considerable care if we are to recover. For this article, we will assume that the injury, while not life-threatening, is serious enough to require lengthy recovery time. Your hospital stay will probably be at least a few weeks and possibly 6 months or more.
During this time you are going to be feeling the aftershock of the crash event, but you will be under constant care and attention. Whilst this is totally necessary, it will not really allow you the luxury of thinking too hard about the big picture and how you really feel about yourself and your future.
It’s Time To Go Home
This day is usually met with mixed feelings, although you are happy to be leaving the hospital, you start to realize that your life has been put on hold for a considerable time. Your friends and family will have been primed by the hospital regarding the aftercare that you should receive. You will probably have some medication and lots of appointments for visits back to your doctor. This is all well and good, but you need to look after yourself at some point.
Self-Care And Extra Help
Your physical injuries will have been given the best chance to recover, but your emotional and mental health will also have a long journey ahead. Speak to your nearest and dearest about how you are feeling and try to get your head around what actually happened. It is only when we face up to the reality that we allow ourselves to take in the whole event and think about the future. If you find that you are in need of further assistance, ask your GP to refer you to a help group. They will be an excellent source of inspiration and will be happy to make that recovery a little easier for you.
Your Next Car Journey
There is little doubt that you will have some reservations about traveling by car, but at some point, you will need to face this event. You can deal with this issue if you feel strong enough, but take it slow. Simply sit in a car without turning the key and try to relax as you remember the feeling of being in a car. If you are a driver, you can start the engine and gently begin to use the pedals. When you feel ready to drive again, ask a friend to take you to an empty parking lot and, when you are ready, start to drive a little.
This road to recovery will not be easy, but as long as you take it slow and ask for help when necessary, you should eventually start to feel good about life again – Good Luck!