Don’t tell me I look tired

By Linda Williams

Before you tell a Mother, especially the Mother of a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or with additional needs, that they look tired, try asking instead “do you need help with anything?”

We know we look tired probably due to us waking up multiple times during the night to help our child move to a more comfortable position or just simply out of habit to check that they are okay because they can’t jump out of bed to come and call us, or we’re up unable to sleep or perhaps researching anything from new equipment to clinical trials.

Before you tell a Mother to stop stressing or to stop being over protective about their child maybe it’s best not to comment because they have a good reason to be a worry wart like when your child constantly falls down due to muscle weakness or their body is failing them gradually and they are losing basic independent skills.

Before you judge a Mother and think up all sorts of reasons, instead show empathy, not distance. Put yourself in the position of anyone in that family unit. They may not even know how you can help. But even a small amount of empathy would go a long way.

Be mindful when you talk.

We are only human after all.

Reposted with permission: https://www.facebook.com/harrisonandduchenne

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