You listened to the doctors’ instructions and are committed to caring for your loved one as he recovers from his motorcycle accident burn injury. You will watch for signs of infection and encourage your loved one to use pain medication as needed so that he doesn’t suffer unnecessarily. You will also make certain he is using pain meds responsibly to avoid long-term dependency.
But There’s More You Can Do
A burn injury is not just a short-term medical emergency. As your loved one continues his recovery he may:
- Suffer from scarring
- Be unable to work
- Require additional surgeries
- Be unable to participate in the activities he once enjoyed
It is important to do what you can to support the rider, to prevent him from becoming isolated, and to help him protect his own future. To that end, you can:
- Attend medical appointments with your loved one. It may help for you both to hear the doctors’ recommendations.
- Encourage your loved one to see friends and relatives. The scarring or disfigurement may become more of a barrier if your loved one waits too long to see those he loves.
- Encourage your loved one to be active at work, at home, or in the community, as appropriate. Once your loved one has healed enough to do so safely, he may benefit from remaining engaged with others. The longer he is away from others, the harder it may be for him to reengage.
We Are All In This Together
As a biking community, we must support those of us who have been hurt by negligent motorists. Please share this blog post on Facebook or with your friends so that others can know what to do if a rider suffers a burn in a motorcycle crash.