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My 81 year old father had 5 mini strokes during a proceedure on his lungs in Dec 2007.  The gel they used leaked through a small (unknown) hole in his heart and caused the strokes.  He went through rehab and was able to come home walking, talking and eating.  About 4 weeks ago, he had a UTI that went undiagnosed for almost 3 wks and became dehydrated and had to go back to the hospital.  He spent many days there and wasn't given any food so when
it came time to eat, he couldn't and they determined that he needed a feeding tube, which we had put in through the
stomach. They said he was choking, but he had been eating all along and didn't choke at all.  He was never walked in the hospital and is now in a rehab center again.  He has not had additional strokes.
There is nothing else wrong with him physically.  Vitals are strong and the nutrition problem is under control.  Here's
the problem.  He sleeps all the time and does not want to cooperate with the rehab techs.  He is on Zoloft and has
been for about 6-7 years.  We think that they should clean out his system, try him without Zoloft for a while, but they
keep taking him off of it when he goes in the hospital and jacking it back up to 100ml when he goes to the rehab
center.  He seems like he is a fog again.  We can't understand why he sleeps so much.  He did great the first time
around in rehab.  We are SO frustrated.  We cannot get a straight answer out of anyone in the medical field.  The
only thing they keep pushing is the Zoloft issue.  Meanwhile, time is going by and he still hasn't gotten out of bed
yet and has limited physical therapy.  He needs to come home.  Staying in a nursing home is not an option...help!

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Stroke recovery is multidisciplinary in that it involves a team with different skills working together to help the patient. These include nursing staff, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and usually a physician trained in rehabilitation medicine. Some teams may also include psychologists and social workers and pharmacists. Patients may demand access to state of the art treatment with the help of their own doctor.
Zoloft is an anti-depressant whick causes sleepiness. This maybe hindering his co-operation with rehabilitation.
You can only resolve this issue by discussing it with your doctor.
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