My brother just had a stroke 6 days ago and has been in the ICU ever since. He initially tried to pull out his IV's when he came to so they put him in restraints. The doctor said he has good symmetry and muscle response - no paralysis as of yet. An angiogram revealed there was no aneurism, which leads us to think this was a hemorrhagic stroke. As of today my brother can respond in almost a semi-conscious/dream-state to simple questions (ex. what is your name?) and he is being spoon-fed.
The doctor said his blood is pooling on the lobe (don't know which one) and will take another 2 to 3 weeks to go down. After that they can do an MRI to find the exact cause of the bleed.
The doctor also said my brother hadn't really slept for 48 hours even though he was sedated but is sleeping now. He is a chronic drinker and has high blood pressure which seem to be the contributing factors to his stroke. I've been reading a lot on the internet and truly appreciate everyone sharing information.
My family and I are wondering if this timetable sounds right: 3 - 4 weeks in ICU; another 3-4 weeks in the neuro ward, then a few more weeks in the hospital before going to a nursing home/therapy center or perhaps home. We're also praying that he is "out of the woods" at this point and is now on the long road back to recovery.
I'm also very curious if anyone has any insights into whether my brother would understand that his family is visiting him at this point. Do you think he'll remember us talking to him? We want to make sure he knows he is not alone.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.