hi there, my friend suffered a ischemic stroke five days ago to the left side of her brain, she is 32 and currently in hospital getting care. She has recovered some movement in her leg but vey little in her arm and her speech is limited to yes and no and she is able to swallow and eat some puree food. Due to distance i have not been able to visit her yet and will be going next week although friends have alredy been and say she is very much still aware of what is going on although dosnt know what happened to her (no one has told her). This dosnt seem to distress her and I imagine that she is in shock still. As she is not able to communicate (the docs have not allowed a key pad to be used to allow her to communicate as she should be trying to speak) we dont know how she is feeling or what she needs or what is going to make her feel better emotionally - i ma worried that she is very frightened inside but unable to communicate this. I am sure I am being very vague with this request but if anyone could tell me of their experience and what they felt and most importantly what helped them from their visiting friends i would be so grateful. I understand it is just so important that we are there and consistently but any further advice would be wonderful. What can we expect? She is a very vital, strong minded girl and we hope that she wont succumb to too much of the depression that i hear is so common with the recovery process, thanks so much and all the best.
Hi and welcome to eheath: From what I have read I would just converse with her as you would a person who understands everything you say...Treating her normal and the way you used to...Hopefully, between the time you posted this and now, she will have progressed and be doing better...I send you my very best wishes for not only being a good friend, but a caring person...Take care..
If you would like to really know, read Jill Bolte Taylor's autobiographical book "My Stroke of Insight." Quick and riveting read that truly captures the experience from the patient's perspective. The fact that your friend is strong minded will certainly help the healing process. Stay close....and best wishes. Karen