My dad had a massive stroke on the left side about a week ago. His right side is paralyzed, but he is already regaining movement and they are positive he will recover his ability to walk and use his right side. We thought he might die. Thank goodness he did not. But he has severe comprehension problems. He's still very confused, combative, and at times even on the violent side. It's not always clear to me if he remembers me or anyone in my family for that matter. He said very clearly to me, "I love you" after I said it to him one day. They were calling it expressive aphasia. He will occasionally speak very clear full sentences. For example, today he said, "Barbara what the F*** are you doing?" (that's my mom) Occasionally he seems like he understands what we are saying to him. He rarely follows commands. The doctor told me that he has severe doubts that he will get much better than where he is now. Anyways my questions were, are there specific exercises that I can do to help him? Is there any hope for my dad? It is so hard to see him like this! I don't want him to give up! I would love to hear from people with similar experiences and the aftermath. I am remaining hopeful!View Thread
would say that sometimes the damage smoking causes to your body is not an overnight fix. You spent years wreaking havoc on your body, and although it's wonderful you're following instructions, it could be a lot of hard work ahead to keep the carotid artery clear. Also, I would think there could be scar tissue which could in turn make blockages more common. These are just a lay persons guess. I really wish you the best of luck.View Thread
Try asking his primary treating physician or one of the ER doctors. I personally would err on the side of caution regarding something so serious. I'm sorry to hear about his health problems.View Thread
I really appreciate all of the feedback. He is still really confused and combative. It's been nearly 3 weeks. His comprehension level is still pretty low. But he seems to recognize us. He was at a rehab and they sent him back to the hospital because they "couldn't handle him". He kept trying to get out of bed and he was trying to punch the nurses I guess.View Thread
Thank god you didn't die. Can anyone say malpractice? You could have gotten long lasting and possibly permanent damage due to negligence by that doctor. I wouldn't ever go back to that hospital! I am so glad you are getting betterView Thread
did you have a question? You have what's called aphasia. Difficulty processing language is normal after you have a stroke. I am providing you a link to the national aphasia association. I think it's normal to cuss more because it's an "automated" word or words which you hear a lot and don't have to think about a lot to come up with. You need therapy. Please discuss this with your doctor. I wish you a speedy recovery. http://www.aphasia.org/View Thread
think you should call your insurance company. Appeal there crappy decisions. Get a copy of your dad's insurance policy and be an advocate for your dad! Insurance companies only care about profit I really wish you the best of luck. Make sure you look for programs you can do with him at home, there must be some out there. I'm at the very beginnning of the process. How old is your dad? If he's over 65 he qualifies for medicare. If he lives in california, he probably qualifies for medi-cal too. There HAS to be low cost nursing homes/rehabilitation facilities he can stay inView Thread
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