I wanted to see if I can get some insight and/or testimonies regarding the recovery process.
My Mom suffered from a Cerebral Hemorrhage due to an AVM On April 15th. The doctors were certain she was not going to survive the initial attack but she defied their expectations and is still alive. The doctors ‘coiled’ two of the affected veins on April 16th and told us they could treat the remaining veins if she were to recover and wake up. However, the neurosurgeon told us that her chances of recovering from the attack were slim to none. After the attack and the ‘coil’, she started to move her left arm and left leg regularly and would respond to some commands. On April 25th we met with the palliative care doctor. She gave us all the information they had and gave us her professional opinion on the matter. She also told us that they don’t have much hope she’ll make a full recovery and even if she did they weren’t sure what kind of quality of life she’d have. We decided to wait to see if she recovers after more time. On May 1st the doctors performed a tracheotomy and on May 3rd they removed the respiratory machine all together as she is able to breathe on her own now. On May 7th they removed the drain from her head once they were sure that it would no longer affect the pressure in her head. Yesterday May 9th they moved her from the ICU to a step-down unit and they’d like to move her to a rehab center soon. At this point, we’re pretty much waiting for her to progress, if she will at all. What’s worrying me now is that she isn’t moving or responding like she used to. She’ll still respond to some pinches and movements but it is significantly less noticeable than how she responded a couple of weeks ago.
I wanted to hear some testimonies from other people that were/are in a similar boat. How long did it take for the patient to recover? Did they recover? Were there serious doubts they’d recover at all? Did responsiveness slow down before recovery? Or did they never progress? Some people have told me that 3 months is normally the max wait time and that if they don’t make significant improvements by then it’s likely they never will. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.