Organ Failure & Your Caring Role

Organ failure often brings up a lot of questions and emotions. People with these illnesses that lead to organ failure often are put through a lot physically and mentally. This, however, is also the case for their carers. Seeing your loved one go through such a hard time can be extremely difficult as well. These carers may need to help their loved ones in ways that they never thought they would need to, which can take a toll on a person’s mental health. As with any caring role, having a support system and understanding services available can be beneficial. However, those caring for people going through organ failure face many difficult challenges. Continue reading to find out more about these challenges and how to combat them.

Common Symptoms Associated with Organ Failure

  • Weakness
  • Pain in associated area
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Swelling in associated area
  • Malaise
  • Shortness of breath

Your Caring Role

Caring for someone who is going through organ failure is not an easy task. It not only requires you to help a lot more than normal, but it also can take a toll on your health. If your loved one is on the transplant list, waiting for the call saying that there is a match can seem unbearable. At the same time, if the person you care for is approaching the end of their life due to organ failure there are likely many emotions circulating your mind. The person that you care for has likely undergone many different changes, procedures, and tests that have left them feeling emotionally drained. Much of the time, it may seem like your efforts to care for them go unrecognized. This can lead to feelings of anxiety or depression, which can lead to other issues that can harm your own health. Staying on top of this by being aware and knowing when to seek outside help can be extremely beneficial.

As with anyone’s caring responsibilities, you likely find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed at times. Having to care for your loved one at home, take them to appointments, and help with medications on top of your own responsibilities can be hard. Some carers often find that their own health suffers because they spend a lot of their energy on caring for their loved one. If this is the case for you, try to remember yourself each day. Be sure to attend your own appointments, eat regular meals, and just care for yourself in general so that you are able to still care for your loved one to the best of your ability.

When someone is experiencing organ failure, they too are experiencing a lot of the feelings you are and then some. Sometimes this may come out in hostility or sadness. It can be very beneficial for carers to talk with their loved ones about what is going on so that they can get some of those feelings out instead of bottling them up. This will help to bring you closer to your loved one so you have a bit of a better understanding of how they’re feeling.

Need more support?

If you are caring for someone who has is going through organ failure and think that you may need a little bit of extra support, Suffolk Carers Matter would be happy to help! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!

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