Massive Hemorrhage stroke in brain stem
My best friend had a severe hemorrhage stroke in her brain stem and another one in her cerebellum. She was unresponsive for a couple of months as well, but we've also battled insurance issues with any real physical or speech therapy. She is a veteran. She has been moved so many times the last 12 months, going from rehab facility to skilled nursing centers, then to hospitals because of her lack of proper care in the nursing centers. Her progress is very slow. She is almost completely paralyzed on the left side, still has a trach and can't talk, eat, or anything. However, her cognitive skills are all 100% or close. She is so depressed, she cries all the time. I made her a communication board which is somewhat helpful. And she has gotten to where she can shake her head yes or no and her right arm is starting to get to the point she can use it some. I'm also wondering what the chances are fir further recovery. I was also told that most recovery progress is during the first six months after that not likely. She has started trying to pull herself up but no major progress in several months. It's the most heart wrenching thing I've ever gone through to see her like this. She is only 52. Anyone with similar stories or advise would be so helpful.