First I am sorry to hear about your loved ones, I hope they are getting better. Now as for your acquaintance, It sounds like he is full of sh*t. If he suffered that much damage to his brain from a stroke he would be in the hospital a lot longer than 2 days. He would not be able to go driving around to run errands. His motor skills would of really been effected. I would just ignore him, he is just looking for attention.
I'm also sorry for what your friends have obviously gone through. It isn't easy by a long shot. Next month I will be three years post subarachnoid hemorrhage and stroke. My entire left side was affected and I spent my first two months in ICU and inpatient rehab relearning how to walk, talk, write and everything else related to everyday living, like getting dressed. Although I am far better than I was three years ago, I'm still recovering; I want to be as close to my pre-stroke self as I can be, if not better.
As for your 'friend', I have to agree with flipper336, it sounds like he's full of it. Prior to my bleed, I was an EMT for over a decade, and I've never had a patient have a full blown CVA, suffer as much damage to his brain as he claims to have, and blow it off as if it's nothing. As flipper336 said, he certainly wouldn't be driving around to run errands. He'd be lucky to be able to coordinate his hand enough to put it on the wheel.
That is definitely NOT the kind of attention he wants to seek. If you're close to him, perhaps you should talk to him and see what else has been going on with him. Maybe he's reaching out in the only way he knows how.
Anyway, I wish you the best of luck. Take care. Eva
Thank you both. I really didn't want to brush him off if he was serious, but I didn't know how to be supportive either. You are offering very good advice, Eva. I'll try to find out why he is saying these things. He is a very lonely man and I'm afraid he'll be even lonelier if something bad really does happen to him. Thank you both again.
And Eva, you will be in my prayers for a full recovery.