Hello everyone. This is my first post. My Mum had a massive stroke on 8 March 2018 and was sadly not found for approx 4-8 hours leaving her with 3/4 of the left side of her brain damaged so she has right sided paralysis and severe aphasia. She was in our local Essex Hospital for 2 months before being transferred to a London rehab centre. Sadly last weekend she was admitted to the local London Hospital with suspected heart failure and loads of fluid in her chest so now has a chest drain. She has Atrial Fibrilation which she had pre-stroke. She also had significant radiotherapy for breast cancer and a subsequent mastectomy on left side way back in 1978 when I was 2. All her problems in recent years have been on the left side, the site of her breast cancer and radiotherapy. She also has bronchiectasis again showing on the left side on scans. I am really struggling to cope seeing Mum in such a poorly way and not being able to talk. It's absolutely heartbreaking.
I'm wondering if anyone has experience of this and also of any particularly good London rehab centres. We had 3 to choose from: Blackheath, Putney and Kings College. Has anyone used these and what did you think? I ahd been wondering in the last month if she was doing way too much at the rehab centre. Turns out my instrinct was right. I feel awful about it.
Aphasisa - I'm about to buy a new iPad with the ChatAble 3 app to help Mum communicate more with us. At the moment she can only point and gesticulate and sometimes we have to elimintate things to get to what she means. She finds this funny at times but mostly tiring and frustrating obviously. Has anyone used ChatAble and what was it like?
Any comments gratefully received.