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Whether you’ve tripped and cracked a bone or have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, being injured when you’ve got little ones is not ideal. However, as a parent, you’ve got no choice but to carry on and get on with it.
The chances are that if you’ve injured yourself and have little ones to look after, you’re not quite sure how to deal with everything. The important thing is to put yourself first, as otherwise, you won’t heal. To help you to do that below is a list of the steps that you should take.
Get Medical Treatment
The first step that you need to take is to get medical treatment. Whatever injury you have sustained, it’s important to get it seen to by a doctor. As otherwise, you’re simply guessing at the type of injury you have. By seeing a doctor, you can get a proper diagnosis and an understanding of what the right method of treatment is for your injury.
Let’s say, for example; you’ve experienced aching in the under part of your arm and some numbness and tingling. However, you haven’t actually fallen over or hurt yourself; it’s just come on out of nowhere. You may be unsure of what’s causing the discomfort, but a doctor will be able to tell you that it’s Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. For this type of injury, ice and heat therapy can be beneficial, as can compression treatments. (Yes, you don’t even have to hurt yourself to injure yourself in this way!)
Say, for instance; you’ve slipped over on the wet kitchen floor and hurt your ankle. The ankle has swollen up and is painful to walk on. To confirm whether it’s fractured or sprained, you’ll need to see a doctor and get an x-ray. For a sprain, a compression wrap is a must, as this helps to prevent swelling, aiding healing. For a fracture, a cast will most probably be necessary.
See if Anyone Can Help with the Kids
Once you’ve received the treatment that you need, the next step is to see if anyone can help out with the kids. Perhaps you partner could take some time off of work to help take care of them or go to work late and do the school drop offs? Or, if your partner isn’t able to help out (or you’re a single parent), perhaps a friend or other relative could help you? If that also isn’t possible, then maybe you could hire help for a few weeks until your injury heals?
Make Life Easier for Yourself
If for one reason or another, you’re not able to get the help you need, try to come up with ways to make life easier for yourself. Find activities to keep the kids busy but allow you to rest. Think movies, arts and crafts, no-cook baking, play dough – basically, anything that they can do while you rest.
As for meal times, make them easier for yourself by making your slow cooker your best friend. Each morning, pop the ingredients for that day’s dinner in there, put it on high, and leave it to cook. By tea time, your meal should be ready to serve. The great thing about slow cookers is that they’re so versatile, you can make almost anything in them. From soups and stews to curries and pasta dishes – there’s no limit to what you can use them for. You can even make desserts in them – who knew?
It might not be any fun being injured, especially when you have a family to take care of. But hopefully, the above tips will help to make life that little bit easier while you heal.