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Brain Abscess Caregiver Tips
In severe cases, brain abscesses can result in profound symptoms and personality changes that may prevent the sufferer from functioning effectively in his or her daily life. An abscess might occur, too, in conjunction with a brain injury or surgery that introduce their own demands and responsibilities on the part of caregivers.
If you are a caregiver for a loved one with a brain abscess, keep these tips in mind:
- Attend doctor appointments with your loved one so that you can understand the diagnosis, the treatment plan, and the expectations for recovery.
- During recovery, provide a comfortable space for the sufferer that’s free from noise, excessive stimulation, and stress.
- Work with your loved one’s medical providers after treatment to learn how you can best support them as they recuperate. Understand the goals of any long-term therapies, and be realistic about expectations.
- Call upon family and community to help out whenever possible. Don’t try to take sole responsibility for caregiving.
- Take time for yourself whenever you can, and if you feel overwhelmed, seek out a support group, either locally or online, for caregivers of people with brain injuries.
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