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Tips for staying positive when recovering from illness

(4 Posts)
RumbleMum Sat 23-Jan-16 16:05:47

I'm generally lucky with my health but have been ill for a month now with chest problems/bronchitis-type issues. Was in hospital last weekend, improved on steroids but think I have another cold today and am breathless, dizzy and tired again today.

I've managed to stay positive until today and just accept it'll be weeks or months till I'm totally recovered (then I need further investigation into my lung function, but that's a separate issue). But my Mum, who has been helping out, has gone home today and with the step backwards I'm struggling not to feel down. I miss socialising even though it's only been a month, and I've lost out on work revenue as I'm self employed.

Worried about DH too as he gets quite low in the winter and he's working hard during the week and taking the brunt of the weekend housework and childcare too.

Tips for staying positive? Anything I can suggest to DH to help him too?

amarmai Sat 23-Jan-16 20:50:15

make sure you are grateful for the help you receive from mother and dh as many others have no help.

Robertaquimby Sat 23-Jan-16 21:43:17

I sympathise OP. I was off work for five months and found it really miserable, felt guilty about work, felt guilty about the children.

Have you got any friends that can pop in during the day. Or anyone that might phone for a chat? I was really grateful to friends that did this for me. And don't set yourself unrealistic targets for getting better, just makes you feel like you have failed.

Are you looking after your kids during the day or are they at school? I was lucky in that mine are at school otherwise I don't know how I would have managed. Don't worry about not doing stuff with your kids. Five months of no playdates, days out etc made me realise that my kids aren't that bothered about these things.

Hope you feel better soon

RumbleMum Sun 24-Jan-16 10:56:29

Thanks - good advice! Ds1 is st school and DS2 is at nursery part time (I work PT) so that helps. And quite right - I am very grateful for my support network and have no idea how I'd have managed without it. smile

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