"Has he had a stroke or not?"
About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital / Gastroenterology Chesterfield Royal Hospital Gastroenterology S44 5BL Chesterfield Royal Hospital / Older people's healthcare Chesterfield Royal Hospital Older people's healthcare S44 5BL
Posted by Frankly1972 (as ),
My Dad is in his mid 80's and has increasing problems with mobility. He was discharged from Hospital and has been in Newholme Hospital who have been trying to help him walk through physio. He was recently admitted to Chesterfield Royal Hospital Emergency Assessment Unit after he was violently sick at Newholme and blood was found in his vomit.
He was nil by mouth initially whilst they investigated the issue. Endoscopy didn't turn up anything significant and then they sent him for a CT scan to check whether or not he had had a stroke. Unfortunately because the CT scan happened over a weekend, there was no one available to determine the results and he was clearly really hungry. When I visited him, he spied some wine gums at another table and it was really sad telling him he couldn't have any.
He finally got his results this week and they concluded he hadn't had a stroke. So they started him with pureed food and he got transferred to a ward and everything seemed to be moving in a positive direction. However, yesterday he was observed eating and apparently the food isn't going down his throat properly and now they think he has had a stroke after all and that this has probably happened previously as well. We are all totally confused.
There is no difference in his speech, his face or the mobility in his arms. It seems this "stroke" has only affected his throat and the thing that seems to be worrying staff is that he's sometimes coughing when he's swallowing. We wonder whether it's possible the endoscopy has inflamed his throat.
This whole process of being pushed, prodded and being subjected to test after test is really getting Dad down. He was happy at Newholme and seemed to be making progress so this is all very frustrating and I wish we knew what was going on. The other thing is that seemingly he can't even go on the stroke ward as there are already 18 patients waiting to go on there.