If you find yourself in the hospital without any time to prepare it can be terrifying. Here is a quick list of 5 resources you can use, to call with little time.
When I was told I had suffered a heart attack, it was many hours before I found out I was not going to be allowed to go home that night.
It can be extremely stressful if you don’t have someone already selected to take care of your children in the event of an emergency.
You need to notify someone and if you don’t have an emergency plan I hope to be able to help you think quickly. Here is a breakdown of your options coming from a mom that has been there.
- Their Father: is he available and can he come to pick up the kids? -If there is not a father in their life, move to #2
- Is there any family members you can trust? They may require you to talk with the school or daycare to authorize the pickup if this is possible.
- Is there a person registered with the school for emergencies you can call?
- You may ask to speak with the hospital social worker if there is one available.
- Notify the school or daycare. If #1, #2 or #3 is not an option, they should have an emergency plan. Where I live in British Columbia, Canada, a social worker will place your child/ren with a short-term foster parent. (This may create fear, but as long as they are safe you can focus your energy on healing and getting back to them)
When I was in the hospital I was in a lot of disbelief and it was so difficult to process. No one was communicating with me and it was day by day as to how long I was going to be there.
I learned that worrying didn’t make it better, I sure did a lot of that. Then there was the shame I felt, you can read more about it on my personal blog here:
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