It is difficult for the person suffering from Hepatitis to recover. Many have been given the death sentence and most that go the conventional route are on interferon and they do not feel well. With someone suffering from Hepatitis or any serious illness for that matter there is always two or three loved ones who are directly affected and are burdened with duties of being a care giver. Some are professionals, most are not.

The biggest obstacle is helping your loved one with Hepatitis get involved in their own treatment. Most of the time their ambition is gone because the Hepatitis virus stifles liver function with the result being an imbalance in blood chemistry that affects the brain and leads to apathy and malaise. The care giver many times feels like they have to do everything and their sick loved one does not appreciate it. In most cases this is not true however the result can be that the care giver feels they are doing many thankless tasks. Without much energy or ambition the sick loved one will just watch everything go by.

Recovery for Hepatitis victims is in both the viral infection of the liver and in the psychology of their persona. Healing has to occur on both of these fronts in order to really get to the other side and have them participate in wellness. Most doctors and nurses are not trained to understand this psychological side that is centered around the patient consumed by apathy. More training is needed to understand how each illness will dominate in the psychological and mental outlook of the individual. It maybe a good idea to see what are some of the basic duties are of a caregiver and show from a professional view, from an expert what the main points are to remember.

Dr. Irene Conlan has worked in the care giving industry for over 40 years as a registered nurse and taught nursing and care giving at a major state university. On she gave a great check list of how to help some one who is sick, whether it is Hepatitis or any illness. The following is the brief of that check list.

Helping Care Givers Help Their Ill Loved Ones

Take care of yourself. Non habit/non dabit. You can’t give what you don’t have Know your limits

Be prepared to deal with some powerful emotions: anger, fear, resentment, guilt, helplessness, and grief.
Have someone who can give you relief: other family members, caregiver services in the community. Google your town and “caregiver services.”

Watch for signs of caregiver burnout during and after the illness: Feelings of depression.

• A sense of ongoing and constant fatigue.

• Decreasing interest in work and decrease in work production.

• Withdrawal from social contacts.

• Increase in use of stimulants and alcohol.

• Change in eating patterns. 

• Feelings of helplessness
• Learn as much about your loved one’s illness as you possible can so you can give the best care possible.
• Learn body mechanics.
• You will likely do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling.
• Learn how to do it right so you don’t injure yourself or the one you’re caring for.
• Do a Google search for the key words Body Mechanics.
• Get equipment that will help you, e.g. reclining chairs, tilt chairs, Hoyer lifts, etc.
Insurance will often cover the cost.

If your loved one has a terminal illness, contact hospice and find out what their services are in your community.
If this is a long term situation find any available caregiver support groups.

This list will go a long way to help the care giver who has not had any training. Many times family members are forced into care giving by default because there is no one else available to do the job. It has to be done, after all what if you were sick? Wouldn't you want one of your family members to help you?

This is where the rubber meets the road. We all want to stay young and healthy and never get sick or need any help but it always comes as a shock once we get older or sick and at times know how difficult things can be. Its okay to accept help from our loved ones and family members, its even more rewarding to give help and when you do follow Dr. Conlan's list you will be more effective of how to help your ill loved one and much less burdensome to yourself.

Author's Bio: 

Because of Johnny's extensive experience growing up in his father's medical clinic and work as the chairman of an analysis laboratory for over 8 years, combined with his professional experience and expertise in the nutritional and whole food supplement industry for over 24 years, Johnny has accumulated a reasonable understanding of nutrition and healing for the human body. His natural recovery from Hepatitis A, B and C has brought him into particular focus to develop good liver health. His goal is to help the world achieve healthy livers. The book Hepatitis C, CURED tells Johnny's complete healing journey and The Delirious Recovery Program is a comprehensive system showing exactly how Johnny went from 5.8 million HCV viral load to non detectable in four months time: According to Johnny: Natural Recovery from Hepatitis C is a Choice Not a Myth!