My older sister(adult) was recently Hospitalized due to an asthma attack that couldn't be treated fast enough causing her to passing out until the ambulance came (So it goes). She has been in a "coma" for almost a week now and is not waking up. The doctor DID say the had some brain damage caused by lack of oxygen there. Could she also have lost her memory?! Will she wake, and easily recover?! Please Help, :'(
If they know there is brain damage, diagnostic imaging should show the damaged area and from that determine the type of damage most likely. She is no more likely to have lost her memory than any other function; she may just end up like me with a bit of a random memory problem (I have an hypoxic brain injury that has resulted in calcification of the basal parts of my brain). Everything else depends on your sisters ability to heal herself now vs the time she was hypoxic for.
It's a terrible thing to happen, why was she not carrying her inhaler?
Hi T, I'm sorry but no one can tell at this point. I'm really sorry you are dealing with such a tragedy! As long as she still has brain function then pray for a miracle. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. If there was no brain function then they would be talking to you about taking her off the machines. She is on a ventilator. Right? If not then the prognosis is better because she's breathing on her own. If they do give you bad news I'd like to make a suggestion. Go on hospice first. They are skilled in providing comfort to the family dealing with this horrible decision. They will do it with dignity (not that the hospital won't) because they have a team and the time to remain at bedside. You and the family will be able to get grief counseling for free for 6 months afterwards. I wanted to educate you if or someone who is reading this has to face this tragedy. Ok that is over !!!
Now with your sister... Think positively and talk out loud to her. Nothing but positive thoughts that she will wake up. Create a good rapport with the nursing staff and make sure they have accurate phone numbers. Communication works better if you designate one family member to be the spokesperson. Support the rest of the family. You are a wonderful sister ! :-)
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