After the Trauma: April 10, 2017
Last year more than 2,500 patients were taken to Lee Health Trauma Center. Those that get to go home are often faced with lifelong challenges.
Shannon Bradley, a trauma outreach coordinator with Lee Health, says for many the experience is life changing. “This wasn’t something you were expecting, you didn’t leave your house that day thinking you would end up in the ER because of a trauma, and your family as well. So it’s very much a shock. It’s an adjustment learning how to deal with new injuries, going through the recovery process, and reintegrating yourself back into your normal life.”
It’s why Lee Health now offers a support group for patients and their families after they leave the trauma center. The support group meets every second Tuesday of the month and allows survivors to interact and gain support. “The most important thing is to just have that social connection. I think a lot of people who are going through recovery, healing from their injuries, there’s a potential for them to be isolated or not to be understood by other people,” said Bradley.
The support group can also direct them to other groups that may help them manage their pain. “This is a great way for them to come in and meet up with other people who have been through what they’ve been through, who understand, and talk about what they’re feeling, what they’re thinking, and get that support, said Bradley.
Helping patients deal with the physical, mental, and emotional journey of a trauma can benefit their overall health and recovery.