Red Cross Trauma Recovery Guidelines

Bernice Ross did a great post on Trauma Recovery Guidelines from the Red Cross.

Here's an excerpt from the post... "If you have encountered a type of stress outside the realm of usual human experiences, you can expect to experience the after effects to varying degrees. The acknowledgment of these emotional reactions helps to shorten recovery time and prevent complications through the natural healing process."

Be sure to read the whole post, it's very good information to know -- even if you don't need it right now.


CaringBridge.org

CaringBridge.org is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends during a serious health challenge. I discovered it was a great way to keep my loved ones up-to-date on what was happening with my health without having to make dozens of phone calls a day. On CaringBridge.org you create a personalized web site. Then you invite friends and family to visit your page which you update periodically. (Of you can do this for a family member who is unable to.)

It's really easy and quick to set up your site. You don't need any special knowledge; Heart_pinkeverything is web based and the program walks you through the steps. There are a variety of privacy settings -- including making people sign in to see the posts. You can also upload photos and there's a guest book where visitors can reply and send encouraging messages.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention the price -- it's free. Yep, you read it right. CaringBridge.org is a non-profit organization that operates by donation. I started my pages about a year ago and have not once received any promotional material asking me to donate. (On the side bar of my web site there is a button where people can contribute to CaringBridge.org if they wish to.)

CaringBridge.org made keeping everyone "in the loop" easy and stress free. I highly recommend this service.