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On the last track we discussed breaking the news. This included talking to children, timing, and three goals to breaking the news. Three goals to breaking the news are to provide enough facts to calm the child’s immediate fears, to reassure them that they will be kept informed and be well taken care of, and to prepare them for what’s coming next.
On this track we will discuss sorting out priorities. An effective technique for sorting out priorities is the creating an energy bank account technique.
Adjusting to the Major Change of Cancer
Case Study: Modifying Janet's Priorities
Janet later stated, "At first I found prioritizing and delegating responsibilities extremely laborious." I felt that even after Janet had developed some sense of how things had changed, she felt stressed because of the unpredictable day to day fluctuations in her energy and emotions, as well as the roller coaster nature of her breast cancer treatment. Janet stated, "My calmness gives way to irritability as my checkup dates approach. My treatment goes smoothly for awhile and then I’ll find myself in the hospital receiving antibiotics." I responded by stating, "Each time your specific circumstances fluctuate, you may benefit from readjusting."
Technique: Creating an ‘Energy Bank Account’
In order to keep your account balanced, you must have some idea of the price of responding to your children’s wants and needs. Will taking your children to the movies drain your energies and be a withdrawal from the bank, or make a deposit by replenishing you? Will going to the library when you are tired deplete more or less energy than dealing with a child who is rightfully upset if you don’t go?"
Janet stated, "Calculating the cost of my activities seems like a lot of work." How might you have responded to Janet? I stated, "Be patient. Your efforts will benefit your entire family because keeping your bank account in the black will minimize the problems, mistakes, and tensions that occur when you are over exhausted and trying to function. With time, you will start to compute your deposits and withdrawals almost automatically."
On this track we discussed sorting priorities. An effective technique for sorting out priorities is the creating an energy bank account technique.
On the next track we will discuss dealing with child grief. Regarding child grief, reestablishing security is one way to help children cope effectively. Four methods for reestablishing security are actively manage the level of change in the child’s life, actively increase the level of predictability in the child’s life, deal with any of the child’s health concerns, and increase the child’s feelings of control.
Online Continuing Education QUESTION 3
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