I knew in our case I had one visit from a psychologist and that was it. I could have used more, and I'm sure my family could have too.
Why is it that the medical community and the psychological community are so far apart? Shouldn't there be a counselor of some kind available for these situations? I certainly think so. I would also say having spent many days in I.C.U there should be one there as well. Having been a patient on the brain and spinal surgery floor for many hours I know one is needed there as well. Patients, families and loved ones are dealing with life changing things in hospitals every day, yet we don't offer any psychological support whatsoever in most cases. I don't understand.
Nurses, physiotherapists, and doctors see and hear all kinds of emotions with no time or expertise to deal with it. I would say having a counselor on hand for requests would help in so many ways, including freeing up the staff to do what they are good at. I n turn, a patient could better focus on what was at hand, such as Physio, if their emotions had been looked after by a professional.
So much of the time the medical community is expected to deal in black and white. What they can see and touch. Emotions for the patients and even of themselves, are not factored into the treatment. How many times can you deliver bad news to a patient and not be affected by it. How can you see a patient suffer to the end, time and time again, and not let the emotions for their loved ones affect you?
These are all questions I have without answers. I know patients and medical staff alike, do not get the emotional and psychological support needed when dealing with a life changing illness or injury.
If you are ever in this situation look for the support you need even if it has to come from outside the hospital setting and remember family need that support as well.