My mother (53yo female) had a haemorrhagic stroke affecting her left basal ganglia 10 days ago. Doctors believe this was due a sudden surge in her blood pressure, although her pressure is kept normal with anti-hypertensive medications. She was very much unconscious for 4 days and then began waking up on day 5. Her right side is hemiplegic currently and her speech is very difficult to comprehend. Further her understanding of words is very limited. The part my brother and I are struggling with the most is that her cognition is very poor. She is at the point where she can function well with her left side limbs (feed herself, comb hair, pick things up, point at things) but her mental state is of a 4 year old. She laughs at irrelevant things and doesn't register that we have sad faces. She also demands a lot and doesn't really recognise us or know where she is or what has happened. It is very heart breaking for us. We feel at though she is physically with us and has decent motor function, but it is a stranger in our mothers body.
I would be interested to know if anyone has had similar experiences.