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Re: Dad had a stroke

Re: Dad had a stroke

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Posted by Sandy on May 31, 2000 at 19:54:34:

In Reply to: Dad had a stroke posted by Paula on May 26, 2000 at 08:50:47:

: 14 days ago my father had what the doctors call a massive stroke on the left side of his brain. The first day they told us he would not survive because of fluid in his lungs. By the next afternoon he was awake and could nod yes and no to questions and had total movement back in his right leg. 2 days post stroke he could speak single words, and tried to put sentences together, though we could not understand him. After days of trouble with his breathing a E.N.T. specialist was called in to check out his throat and discovered alot of swelling which was blocking his airway and had a trach put in. After that his vitals are staying stable, although his heart has gone back into a-fib which is what caused the stroke in the first place, but it is being treated and they do not seem really concerned about it right now. There are days when he is really coherent and can "visit with us", and then there are days when we can tell he's just no comprehending anything we say. Any advice and encouragement would be appreciated.

: Thanks Paula

Anna told you some good stuff!! My husband had a stroke a couple of years ago. Speaking from more of your view than Anna's, it is really hard but you will find the strength to hang in there for your dad. It is so important to use gestures or pictures, point to what you are saying --anything so that he understands and is not made to feel that he cannot communicate at all. Time makes a big difference, that is being shown to you already -- sounds like your dad is already making alot of improvement! It is a long road, but as long as you learn to communicate -so can he! I think it is so interesting....my husband, of course doesn't find that so.....but word association, just like Anna said, is amazing. My husband uses sound effects -- makes the sound of what he is talking about, he has drawn things, there is so much more than words in communication! You and your family will do fine, it is a road that is definitely worth traveling!! Always realize that it could be so much worse --there are lots of people who don't improve and your dad is doing that now!

sandy




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