This is a short blog entry, because I am feel lightheaded, but it’s important that I write to you today, so, indulge…
I think, more than anything else, that a downplayed (yet major) effect of chronic diseases is Depression.
This is true for several reasons; the primal one being the sense of “dependence” the ill person feels, which cannot be helped.
I have met several patients (young and old) with chronic conditions such as Diabetes foot ulcer, chronic kidney disease, tuberculosis, cancer, and many others, and it’s almost glaring that they feel they are a burden to their caregivers.
In this situation, recovery is delayed, and may even become impossible over time, because this depression is not treated with drugs.
It is why I write to you today, to remind you, that aged people also suffer depression, and people with chronic illnesses are prone to depression. Don’t make it any harder for them.
Do you have a sick parent/sibling/relative? Tend to their needs with love. Call them regularly and check up on them. Hug them when you can and let them know with your words that they are not a burden to you.
Heal the sick. Spread health and wholeness.
Emem ye ifure. 💜
Cc:Your GJ. ✌️
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