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My very active and healthy mother had a massive stroke 2 weeks ago. She has lost all feeling in the right side of her body from the neck down, and a lot of her metal/cognitive function. Her headaches are dibilitating and the hospital is keeping her on heavy doses of several medications. What I don't understand is that she seems to be getting worse instead of getting better. For 10 days, she was able to brush her teeth using her left hand....but as of yesterday she has forgotten how to do that. She is often very groggy and has problems participating in the pt rehab...but the doctors say it's not from the meds. She is being moved today to inpatient rehab. I'm very concerned that she won't be able to handle the rehab, and even more worried that she will not get better before going home. She lives with my elderly father who is not in great physically condition himself. We have no idea how we will take care of her once she is sent home. I don't want her going to a nursing home because they will never let us see her due to Covid. I'm just looking for some uplifting thoughts, and maybe some encouragement from someone who has been through this.
JamesPL, October 4, 2020 8:12pm EST
It's difficult to assess how to help your mother without some detailed information from her doctor. I would consult with him/her for suggestions on her care and on what you can expect from her recovery. I would also talk with her physical therapists to see what you can do to help her at home particularly when it comes to improving her strength. I don't know what your situation is in terms of how much available time you have but if you could spend time with her after she comes home, it could help her recovery. Perhaps takng a short leave from work might be something to consider. Years ago when my father became very ill, my siblings and I took turns on different week days to help with his care. I believe her recovery could take significant time so you have to be patient but again you need to consult with her doctor to get some kind of assessment.
I wish you and your mom all the best!
AHAASAKatie, October 5, 2020 9:15am EST
Good morning, I am so sorry that your family is having to manage this. I can share a few resources to help with this journey.
The Stroke Family Warmline connects stroke survivors and their families with an American Stroke Association team member who can provide support, helpful information or just a listening ear. Our trained specialists in the ASA’s National Engagement Center can answer your questions about stroke. Call us 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT Monday-Friday at 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653).]
Choosing the right rehab facility
The medical team
Please know that we are here for all of you during this time.