Families who have been through similar experiences remember the uncertainty and fear they felt while waiting to hear about their child's condition and what was being done. The waiting period may seem endless to you, especially if your child is in a coma. You may feel helpless, and life may feel suspended in time.
While families are waiting in the hospital, they need information about:
As your child starts to recover, you will need more information about coming home, beginning rehabilitation, returning to school, and renewing friendships. The hospital staff will help you plan your child's next step to recovery. The remaining chapters can also help you with the planning process.
For information about planning for your child's return home, see "Preparing for Your Child's Homecoming".
For information about planning for your child's return to school, see "Meeting Your Child's Educational Needs".
For information about planning for your child's in-patient rehabilitation, see "When Your Child Needs In-Patient Rehabilitation".