Last Monday night my dad (75) suffered a grade 4 SAH. He was transferred to the regional hospital where the aneurysm was successfully coiled and an EVD fitted.
Since then he has been in intensive care on a ventilator and has been through a cycle of being off sedatives in the day and then back on them at night.
Unfortunately overnight the EVD clotted and he was rushed into surgery. Thankfully he made it safely through the operation and is now back in ICU.
We’ve all gained comfort from reading people’s stories and recoveries. I know it’s early days. But we have a few worries that don’t seem to have been answered in the hospital.
When my dad first came round from the general anaesthetic (which they kept him on overnight) he seemed to recognise us and grabbed and squeezed our hand. He was obviously drifting in and out of awareness, but a lot of the time he seemed to be able to respond. He initially couldn’t move his right hand side but through the first couple of days that movement increased and he can definitely feel down that side.
Our main concern is that as the week has progressed he seems to be less and less aware of us. Partly he’s sleeping more, but also he’s obeying commands less and less and yesterday not at all. He was opening his eyes at intervals and we thought he was listening, but didn’t squeeze our hands when we asked as he had done earlier in the week.
Does anyone have any experience of this?
He just seems to have got weaker and weaker through the week and, of course, we’re all so worried.
The plan each day is to try to get him off the ventilator (and sedatives so they can assess him better), but each day he’s weaker and coming off the ventilator seems further away. Earlier in the week he was trying to grab the ventilator out but now he’s just lying there. We're at a loss.
Thank you so much