“Take stock of all the worries, all the what-ifs that are going through your mind. Think about ‘which ones of these can I get more information about?’ or ‘Which ones of these can I take steps to solve problems?'”
Taking a spinal cord injury one step at a time
Robin Dorman is a clinical health psychologist at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago. “There is a lot to take in in the early days when everything is new, but what’s useful is that many people are on the same journey and share many of the same challenges and experiences. Figure out what questions you have and work towards informing yourself.
There are also what-ifs and worries that do not have a concrete answer at first. These questions might revolve around what relationships might look like moving forward or how you might find enjoyment again in your life.
"It’s so important to have sounding boards, to have support, to listen to what other people have done, or simply share those fears.”
She also advises that writing down these fears and questions in a journal might be a useful exercise to help get the ideas out of your head a feel a bit further away. “It can also be very interesting and helpful later to go back to look at, ‘wow, look at how far we’ve come!'”
If you do want to journal but have limited finger mobility, check out these tips on writing with a splint.