According to the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, repeated evidence indicates that psychological stress can modulate wound healing processes. According to an ABC News article, Redford Williams, Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Duke, says: “Back in 1992 we published a paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association that clearly documented this, showing that heart patients with a spouse, a confidant or both had a 5-year mortality rate of only 18 percent, compared to only 50 percent in those with neither spouse nor confidant.”
Recover Better with Someone You Love
Why bring a companion?
- Aids you during the recovery process
- Helps you with your luggage
- Navigational support while traveling
- Support when feeling homesickness or lonely
- Logistical/travel arrangements
Important Considerations When Selecting Your Companion
- Will your companion’s primary concern be that you are comfortable and settled in upon arrival at the hospital?
- Will he/she help to easy any “pre-treatment jitters”?
- Will he/she be supportive, patient, and available to help you during the entire period of your travel and stay overseas?
- Will he/she become bored or impatient while you are recovering, especially if they may be somewhat confined during your stay?
- Will he/she help you stay in touch with family and friends back home?
- Is he/she likely to feel homesick or lonesome?
- Does he/she have a positive outlook, and exhibit patience and tolerance when dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures?
- Is he/she healthy? Do they suffer from any unusual or untreated health challenges?
- Is he/she 21 or older?