Hello everyone, I am new to this forum as my mum suffered a BI May Bank Holiday and has been in hospital since then. I have found the advice on this forum very useful and comforting - as to be honest, you get very little information from the doctors (I think this is due to the fact that every BI is different and they dont want to give false hope).
I promised myself I would post an update on here as I think its good for folks to hear a good news story.
So, my mum is 5 weeks into her BI and it has been an emotional journey. She was admitted to hospital with a brain bleed after a fall and then underwent brain surgery as she began to deteriorate rapidly. When she came out of the op - she wasnt our mum anymore. Delirious, pulling her tubes out, screaming, didnt recognise us, hallucinating - very upsetting to see, and we all thought we wouldnt get her back as this went on for quite a while. Also, her sodium levels were critical - 110 (when they should be 130). NB - one thing to keep an eye on - and bug the hospital about it as they sometimes overlook it.
However, she is making good progress. Four weeks after the op she is very much on the mend. Its early days, she still gets a little confused, her short term memory is dreadful and she is very wobbly - but definitely our mum again.
What a journey for us all. As a family; we have loved, laughed and cried (alot) together. Mum still has a long way to go (I am terrified of her falling again) and I am sure she will face many challenges, but hopefully with the right support she will have the fun she deserves.
Good luck to all the families out there facing the same challenges as we are/have.