Question Re: Speaking Ability and Facial Expressions
I posted earlier in the week about my MIL who had a major ischemic stroke on June 5th. She had pressure and swelling in her brain that wasn't going down, so she had a craniotomy this part Saturday, the 11th and actually came through it well. She was in the ICU for 5 days but today was transferred to the step-down neuro ICU, so she is definitely getting better, albeit very slowly. My question is concerning her ability to speak and when that will come back. She was on a ventilator while in the ICU but got off of it for good on Tuesday, which is a milestone and actually on that day, she did try to talk a little bit. BUt how long does it take for her ability to really speak come back? And also, do stroke victims ever learn to express emotion on their faces again? My MIL is a woman who really had a great smile and was pretty happy most of the time, so it is hard to see her just laying there void of any emotion on her face at all. It's like her personality has been taken away and there is just a shell of a person there right now. I know it is early on and rehab does help a lot, but just trying to figure out what we can expect as we go forward here. Thanks everyone.