Monday, March 7, 2016

10 ways you can help someone who is sick

We've all been sick before and it's no fun. It really rough when you have little kids to care for when you're sick and there is no one to help. In my position I am a stay at home mom and my husband works. He can't take off work just because I am sick. He has to work to bring in the money, and I have to keep taking care of the kids no matter if I'm sick or not. It's even worse if the kids are sick as well.
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 Photo by marin. Published on 08 November 2012

Have you ever wondered if there was something you could do for a friend or even your spouse when they are sick? First of all I would ask them what they need help with. If they are like me and too prideful to ask for help then you can fall back on this list. Always remember to offer instead of just doing something. The last thing you want is someone who really doesn't want any help to be angry with you because you wouldn't take no for an answer. (Although I don't know who would get mad, it could happen.)
  1. Offer to watch their kids for a while so they can rest. It's amazing what even a small uninterrupted 2 hour nap can do to help them to feel better.
  2. Offer to make meals for them. The last thing I want to do when I'm sick is have to stand over a hot stove and cook a meal.
  3. Offer to run any errands they might have. When I'm sick I don't want to leave the house. I want to curl up with a blanket and rest. 
  4. Laundry. Laundry is a never ending thing. If you get sick and have to rest it can be easy to fall behind on this already dreaded chore. 
  5. Dishes. Who wants to do dishes anyways? Especially when you're sick.
  6. Take care of their pets. Offer to feed the cat/ dog/ fish.... what ever else they might have. Offer to take the dog for a walk.
  7. Grocery shopping. It has to be done. You can offer to go grocery shopping for them. If you're feeling extra generous you can pick up the tab and surprise them. 
  8. Offer to help their kids with their homework. Homework battles are hard enough when you're not sick. Offer to help with their kids homework for a night or two. 
  9. Take their kids to extracurricular activities and sports events. I can't stress it enough that when you're sick you don't feel like doing anything. If their kids have sports to attend they shouldn't have to miss out just because mom/ dad are sick.
  10. Finally Pray. There is nothing better you can do for someone than to pray for their healing. Write them a card, bring them some soup and pray with them/ for them. 

If it's your spouse that is sick, try picking up the load some. Taking some of their load off is a big help. When all else fails ask your spouse/ friend what they need?

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