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My 76 yr old grandmother had a stroke on Monday August 23rd at around 9 pm. We had noticed her slurring words and then she became unresponsive, we immediately called paramedics, and they began treating her within 10 minutes. At the hospital they did a surgery to take out blood in order for the swelling of the brain to go down, the surgery was sort of successful in the fact that her condition didn’t worsen but they found that she was bleeding inside the brain. The prognosis doesn’t looked good according to the doctors at the hospital, they said that she won’t be able to open her eyes again, or be able to even get out of bed. At first they told us that her complete brain was damaged then a week later they said it was only 1/3 of her brain that was damaged. They put her in a ventilator and she has been receiving food through a small tube that they put in the side of her stomach. What I don’t understand is that the doctors have said that she won’t be able to make any movements because the stroke affected her really bad specially because she had been taking Coumadin for about a year, but when I ask her questions she moves her feet and her breathing increases, we have noticed a little bit of improvement in the past 3 weeks that she has been in her condition, the doctors have told us to not pay attention to her movements because they’re reflexes but when we talk to her she moves her toes quiet often then she started moving her feet and now she moves both legs once in a while, she hasn’t opened her eyes but one of her grandsons went to visit her to tell her that his wife was expecting and a tear came down her eye. For the past 3 or 4 days when we touch her hand her whole body moves, and last week she moves her hand. We have a lot of hope and faith in god that she will open her eyes, she doesn’t even look sick she just looks like she’s sleeping, her skin looks great, as well as her feet and face. Every 2 hours the nurses flip her body side to side to avoid bed sores, and one of her nurses has told us that they have let her breath on her own and that she doesn’t breath but not long enough to keep herself alive. We always pray with her in the hospital and when we do this her breathing increases and her movements start.
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