How To Act When Your Health Takes A Turn For The Worse

Teddy bear associates with healing

How to react when your health takes a step for the worse? Cuddle this teddy bear and then try these tips. Pixabay, Creative Commons.

Although we’d all like to hope that our health would stand the test of time and be at its best for as long as possible, that doesn’t always happen. Even when you lead a healthy lifestyle and look after yourself, some things are out of our hands. So when you get sick, and your health takes a turn for the worse, what are you to do? Whether you’re the one that is getting ill, or you want to be able to support your partner when they have an illness, panic often sets in, and you can be unsure of how to act. So, let’s take a look at how you can handle this life-altering scenario.

Take A Step Back

First of all, you’re going to want to take a step back. Although you may be scared and feeling all kinds of emotions, you’re going to need to try and be objective for a short time if you can. You need to be able to step away and assess the situation. By looking at things in this way, you may find that it becomes apart what you need to do, if you need to do anything at all. But it always helps to have those few moments of clarity to reflect on how things are.

Speak To A Specialist

From there, you can then act. Depending on what the health issues are, you may want to speak to a specialist. Dealing with your usual doctor may make you feel comfortable, but if they aren’t skilled or experienced in what it is that you’re suffering from, you will be doing your health, or your partner’s health, a disservice. So, do some research and pinpoint the best doctor for your illness so that you can get the best advice or treatment going forwards.

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Look at your health insurance and make sure your plan provides the right coverage. Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons.

Check With Your Insurance

Next, you may also want to take a look at your health insurance. Not only are you going to want to look through your information to find out where you stand, but you may also want to speak to your insurers so that you can be sure you’re covered. Picking a health insurance plan is crucial because you need to make sure you have the right coverage. If not, you need to speak to your insurers to see what the next course of action should be.

Ask For Advice

At this point, you may also want to speak to someone for a bit of advice. Depending on the illness you or your partner have, you may be due some funds. Whether it’s traumatic brain injury, an accident, or something terminal, just ask. Speaking to a professional and asking those questions can help. And if you don’t ask, you’ll never know what you’re entitled too.

Just Be There

And finally, above all else, you need to be there. When your partner is sick, you need to be able to comfort them and support them, by just being there. If it’s you that is suffering, then you need to slow down, take some time out and let yourself rest. It’s vital if you want to heal.

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36 thoughts on “How To Act When Your Health Takes A Turn For The Worse

  1. More wonderful advice here Christy.. I know when my hubby got very ill in ’09, It really knocks you six. Thankfully here in the UK we do not have health insurances to look into.. So that is one pressure not upon our shoulders..
    Sending LOVE and warm hugs.. Along with Good Health and Happiness xxx ❤

    • Hi Sue, oh I didn’t know your health system was different like that. I’m glad that wasn’t something you had to worry about. May you now enjoy a healthy retirement and keep up the great garden 😉 Love you! ❤

      • We pay National Insurance Contributions a percentage of what we earn.. SO the more you earn the more is taken.. This all goes to NHS.. National Health Service and towards our Pensions when we retire .. Health care is free, unless you choose to pay privately.. Prescriptions of Drugs is subsidised and we pay a set price for each prescription unless you are exempt and on benefits or over 60 yrs of age in which case they are free..

        Dentists are also under the NHS.. but again their are private practices.. And again there are certain charges for check ups fillings and extractions that are set prices in the NHS..
        So compared to Canada and USA we are most fortunate.

        Many thanks.. Love and Blessings xxx ❤

        • Oh I see now more about how your system in the UK works, and thanks for the added details, Sue. I think it’s wonderful that you take stock of how fortunate you are… many people get caught up and lose sight.. gratitude is beautiful ❤

  2. As my wife, and I haves been faced with continual illnesses, the message you deliver relates to what we both endure together. Thanks for sharing, all the points you make are so very true, and we deal with it all a day at a time, and pray often! Hugs and blessings!

  3. Fortunately, in Canada we have universal health care. However, there are certain things not covered in our national health care agenda.
    Prescription drugs is one of those things. I have an “Extended Health Care” plan that is offered by the union I belong to. In this plan 80% of my prescription drug costs are covered.
    Hospital stays: the plan pays for a semi-private room, or for a percentage of a private room.
    Dental is another. There is no dental coverage in our Canadian health agenda. The extended plan I am on covers 80% of dental costs up to $2,000 per year.
    Then there are Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and more that are covered in varying percentages.
    What gets my goat is that neither the National Health Care or my Extended Health Care covers Optical Care. My eyes cost me a fortune every year.
    There is no end to our medical needs, even when we are healthy.

    • That’s quite true, Resa. You could write a post on that very topic! Thanks for your added info about here in Canada. I tend to provide U.S. info as that is the majority of the readers to this particular blog. You keep shining, dear you!

      • I figured you were providing American info, but hey, Universal Health Coverage is something I wish for everyone and all my friends. I consider Americans my friend, always have. 😀
        So many things to write about!
        I do feel a woman centered guest post welling up in me!

  4. It is so disappointing that people generally do not have the opportunity to relax and sleep a lot despite pure health condition. We take a lot of drugs, but we can not let our organism heal itself because we go on with stress and strain.

  5. I’m fortunate that my extended health care plan covers optical as well. We Canadians are very fortunate that serious injury or illness will not result in bankruptcy – nor will the cost of health insurance. Great post, Christy!

  6. Pertinent observations on a topical issue, Christy. Following healthy practices is all that one can do as part of things under ine’s control, and then hope for the best. The lucky ones make it all the way to late eighties and even early nineties sans major hiccups whereas lives of others begin to be punctuated with health problems. Best thing is, as you say, may be to step back and reassess the situation. Things could have been worse than the predicament one may be in. The key may also be to become mindful of destination that is closing in and persist with the journey as stoically as possible.

    • We all have our own journey to lead, indeed, Raj.. some seem to get more challenges than other people but I think those who are given tougher battles are those that God thinks can make it through xx It’s a blessing in a way.. that’s my view ❤ Thanks for your visit

  7. Great post Christy! By being there is one of the most important things you can do as a friend or family member. Sometimes you feel that you may be a burden and not much help but in reality just being there and giving them some.company does wonders! 😊

  8. Not to loose humor is also very important. I have a very rare muscle desease and one of my favorite motto is “Laughing is the most elegant way to show fate your teeth.” 😉

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