After surgery, Maya is admitted to the hospital as an inpatient for four days to recover. The day after surgery, she begins her therapy. Despite the therapy, she experiences spasticity in her right hand and must receive Botox® treatments. She receives injections in the hospital. The treatments will continue to help relieve the pain and stiffness. While her condition improves in the hospital, it may take months, or years, to regain even a fraction of her previous abilities and lifestyle. The care team continues to document and monitor her health information in her EHR.

Additionally, Maya may experience emotional and behavioral changes. When a stroke occurs, it may alter the emotional control center in the brain which may lead to increased worry, sadness and decreased interest in activities that were previously enjoyed.

Maya, her care team and her daughter will begin to plan for Maya’s release while she is still in the hospital. After leaving the hospital, Maya will be moved to a facility where she will continue her recovery. Once she leaves the facility, she must continue her therapy on her own to improve her abilities.

  1. Review the Video: While Maya is in surgery, her daughter is asked to watch the video below to prepare for her mom’s recovery. Select three points of information that Maya’s daughter notes as important for her mom’s recovery at home.
    A. She might experience memory or problem solving challenges.
    B. She may experience personality changes.
    C. Her care can be given by only one person.
    D. She may experience spasticity and need physical therapy.

  2. Internet Research: Each of the statements below are considered a myth when talking about strokes. Match the myth with the truth.
    ______ A. If stroke symptoms pass you don’t need treatment.       1. Most patients don’t feel any pain at all.
    ______ B. Strokes don’t run in the family.       2. The number of strokes occurring in people under the age of 65 are increasing.
    ______ C. Strokes don’t affect people under the age of 65.       3. The risk of having a stroke increases for those who have a family history of stroke.
    ______ D. A common sign of a stroke is having pain.       4. Recovery from a stroke can take up to two years; sometimes longer.
    ______ E. Stroke recovery only happens in the first few months.       5. Seek medical attention for any stroke-like symptoms.

View Maya’s EHR – Inpatient Chart