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how to tell if a patient is in a coma?
My 79 yr old mother in law had a stroke 3 weeks ago.  She seemed to be making progress until Friday when her blood pressure crashed due to (so we were told) dehydration.  From there things have become a nightmare.  She was rushed to ICU where she was stabilized and seemed to be recovering.  Then she was sent down to a telemetry unit and all day yesterday it seemed as if she was fading out on us.  The docs did another CAT scan and it said that there were no significant changes but today she is unresponsive and does not want to wake up.  Now, she had been very agitated and hadn't slept for more than an hour at a time, but how do we determine if she is slipping into a coma?  Her vitals are all stable, but we seem to be getting the run around from all the damned doctors and no one is give us anything that resembles a straight answer!! Right now we are waiting to see if they will order an MRI to check on brain damage.  We are just so frustrated!!!!
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