Re: My mom can't swallow
Hi there and welcome,,,
I would ask when the appropriate time for therapy is, and request it be started as soon as deemed possible. At this early stage, there is a chance that other issues might be going on that have to be resolved first.
For one thing, she will need to be able to communicate and understand the directions of the therapist to safely start therapy. She will need to be awake and alert enough, as well as be willing to do it.
Typically, in most hospitals, there are in house therapists of all sorts that will be working with her as soon as possible. That would include physical, occupational and speech to start with. I am sure your doctor can help you determine what state she is in, and when therapy will begin.
What do you think her level of understanding is? How was she before the strokes? Does she understand the she has had a stroke? Can you communicate with her?
At this point she needs lots of love and patience, a quiet voice and nothing that will disturb her. I know when I first woke up after my strokes (4), I was very confused and most of the time I was fading in and out of consciousness,. I could defiantly sense the presence of my family, but I could not say a word and often could not open my eyes. All I could do to communicate was squeeze their fingers on one hand. The lights and the tv and all the hospital sounds were very bothersome to me and I was kept in a room with all glass walls in the ICU. Although it seemed like I could not hear anything, I could hear everything and still remember some things that were said that were not meant for my ears. What ever you say in her presence, remember that she can likely hear and understand all of it.
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