Alright, guys. Never thought I'd post a topic about that, but I'm super worried and I don't know what to do. There's a person here that I really care for and today he is having a bad day, dysreflexia, which I know it comes with a high blood pressure, it's dangerous - I'm worried about that dysreflexia thing. Spasms and pain. What can I do from a distance to help him out? I know it isn't much, but maybe you have a person that you chat with and he somehow makes things easier. I'm so damn worried and I don't want him to suffer, and I don't know what to do, really. I'm lost, because I'm so far away from him. Any advices?
(If you see that thread, don't laugh at me. I'm just worried :/ )
you can speak to him, offer some calming words. Tell him everything will be okay, that the dysreflexia will pass as it always does. Make sure he takes the required medication. Tell him not to overdo it. His blood pressure might go the other way. Too much nifedipine to combat dysreflexia will make his blood pressure crash. It's a fine balance. Unfortunately life is so fragile a buffoon can be fatal to it. Has anybody ever read Nietzsche? zarathustra (Nietzsche's alter ego) is in a market town. High above the cobbled stones of the marketplace a tight rope walker has strung a wire between tall buildings on either side of the square. The tight rope walker, who is highly skilled, incredibly talented, steps out onto the tight rope and begins the perilous walk from building to building. People gaze up in awe as he pauses and performs a few tricks. Suddenly, from out of the window of one of the tall buildings pops a buffoon, an idiot, who climbs onto the tight rope and begins to bounce up and down. Naturally the tight rope walker loses his balance and crashes to the cobbled stones beneath. As he lays there dying, Zarathustra cradles him in his arms and says: "Life is so fragile a buffoon can be fatal to it." The event is a metaphor for the fragility of life, the fact that the slightest thing can tip the balance. Tell your friend that Zarathustra would understand. Show him that you care. Make him feel wonderful.
2 thoughts- As MikeQ says, just let him know you care and, unless there is some reason to question his judgement, be confident he will handle it. We all need someone with whom we can share the complaints of life. If that someone then goes into a tizzy over it, all they communicate is that they can't listen to bad news. You may be head over heels but you are also in danger of becoming a fair weather friend. Is it only safe to share the good nes with you?
I step in the water, but the water has moved on...
I personally have not experienced that. However, i care for a disabled person. Times when a physical health condition affects one’s life dramatically can be exhausting. Sometimes all that person needs is a kind word and empathy..NOT sympathy:
Zara, a lot of us have experienced autonomic dysreflexia. Supposedly it only happens to people with a T6 injury or above. But I am T9 and had a few frightening episodes that completely matched the description. I welcome all sympathy! Empathy, too. You probably want to do more than just say, “Hope you get to feeling better,” but sometimes that’s all we can say or do. It’s not a “cop out” to simply say that you are “sorry” someone feels bad when that’s honestly all you can do.
Yes, I want to do more, but sadly we're from different countries and this pisses me off. It's so bad knowing that your friend is suffering and you can't do anything about it. I always help my friends, but this is the first time I can't do anything, because of the damn distance. It's really upsetting the fact that I can only chat with him and say "I'm here." when I really am so far away.
Thank you all of your advices. Distance is a killer. I'd try my best to be a good friend over the Internet (if that's even possible).