If your partner or close relative has been diagnosed with lupus,
you may have a number of concerns. You may see that person differently.
Maybe you were dependent on that person, but now you have
to shoulder more of the burden. If you have difficulty dealing
with your loved one because of lupus, you're not alone. Illness
in a loved one often creates a lot of ambivalent feelings in yourself.
Concerns about the future, your loved one's health, & money
may be troublesome to you. This is not unusual.
If you are close to someone with lupus, you have
an important job on your hands. You will need to be understanding
& supportive. Remember that people with lupus don't have
it easy, but they'll have a much harder time if they feel alone
A great way for you to help is by learning about
lupus & its treatment. By understanding the illness &
what it does, not only can you allay some of your own worries, but
you can provide better support & understanding.
Give him/her enough space to deal with the illness
& to regain some control over his/her own life.
It might help for you to go along when he/she visits
the doctor, not only for support, but also to listen to what the
doctor says, as it is often hard for the patient to take everything
in at once & remember things the doctor said.
Encourage him/her to look after him/herself properly,
& take medications, but know when to back off. Offer help
with everyday household chores to give him/her a rest, & reduce
the pressures on him/her. When he/she is feeling well enough allow
him/her to carry on as normal, don't smother them with pity, but
do offer sympathy.
Most importantly keep talking, talk about your fears
& problems as well as his/hers. If you don't communicate then
you won't be able to offer him/her the best help he/she needs.