My dad had a severe (grade 4 or 5, can't remember) SAH 4 weeks ago today and I guess I'm just looking for some reassuring/inspiring stories about people who have either been in a similar situation or had friends/relatives who were. They couldn't find the source of the bleeding.
He was on ICU for 3.5 weeks as there wasn't a bed on HDU and is now on the neuro ward. He experienced vasospasms and has some ischaemic changes on his scan but the neurologist didn't give us any more detail about severity of this (and we were too afraid to ask). Quick run down of how he was : right sided weakness (virtually no movement), left eye closed, just started appearing to recognise us around 3 weeks, has a tracheostomy although only on minimal humidified oxygen to help with secretions.
Since he moved to the neuro ward he's made some huge improvements: talking (although still has the tracheostomy so can't catch everything he says), smiling, laughing, able to move his left arm a bit, able to start to open his left eye when encouraged to. He does seem a bit "pleasantly puddled", he makes sense but talking about random things. We took my daughter (15 months) in briefly yesterday and I don't think he recognised her which I didn't really expect anyway.
We're all thrilled he's made it this far but obviously have a long road ahead of us. I'm guessing it's normal to be confused at this point? Does memory tend to improve? I know everyone's different (sick of hearing that from medical staff!) but it'd be good to hear from people with similar experiences. Thanks in advance.