Hi, I'm a newbie here. My Dad who is 82, fell downstairs 5 weeks ago, which caused an hemhorragic stroke. He's beginning to make some progress with his physical difficulties i.e swallowing, using his left arm and such like, but mentally he's very confused. Whilst I appreciate he's bound to be confused, his symptoms to my mind are akin quite to dementia. He does have moments of lucidity though. The doctor's have run tests to see if he has any infection that might be causing this, but nothing has shown up. I can't seem to find any information about it and just wondered if anyone else has any experience of this. Thanks Angie
Hi Shelley. None of us are medically trained and can only tell you what we know from our experience. I had my stroke last year aged 72. Two of the men on my ward also suffered from confusion. The one was suffering from Parkinson's as well and he was the more confused. Try to get a referral to a neuropsychologist. I had a ten month wait, but my name was referred shortly after the stroke. The neuropsychologist will know if dad is confused and what can be done about it.
Shelley, I am in your Dad's age group and I can understand your concern. The first few weeks of a stroke are very confusing to everyone, victim and carer alike. So there will be some while before the final outcome is clarified. At this stage just hope for the best and live one day at a time.