My husband had a subarachnoid hemorrhage on June 5th 2015. He has recovered well physically, has some very achy shoulders, but can walk, climb stairs, shower by himself and mostly get dressed by himself.
We had surgery on December 10th to install and shunt, with the view this will speed things along. He has some small improvements but not significant yet.
He has cognition problems, short and long term memory issues and overnight incontinence. Some improvement in cognition, he can remember things in the past but cannot hold on to a memory for more than 10 minutes before it has gone. He has difficulty in believing me about certain things. His Mother passed away in November, he has been told several times and seen the funeral service sheets, but is constantly bringing her up and his Dad who passed away in 1984, as being here and about to visit. I don't think he wants to accept that she or he have gone. He doesn't not want to accept he has been retired since 2008, and argues with me and everyone on that too. The outrageous stories have calmed down a little, the odd things he did , like soap on toothbrush, have also improved. Definite positives and we are about to be reassessed for Physio and Cognitive therapies on Monday. He has not been willing to do either of these exercises on a daily basis for me. I try to get him moving, walking outside or exercise programs in the house, but not successful sadly. He feels the Cognitive exercises are demeaning and worthless, therefore will not do them with me. I get him to play a game of Uno or read an article to him, but he has no interest in doing anything himself. I realize he just feels too ill and tired. I pick my battles and hope I can get him to do something other than sit in the chair and fall asleep. He watches TV but does not read at the moment. He would normally be very active, problem solving, designing something, building something or at least listening to music. But sadly, all that has gone.
I was looking for input on how long recovery might take when the physical side seems to be pretty good. I know no one can really tell me, but I am desperate to find ways to help him be motivated and for me to see the light at the end of this dreadful tunnel.