scone (blinkidybah) wrote in little_details,

coma recovery?

Hi, everybody. I've tried google but for some reason a lot of the results for "atrophy" and "prolonged immobilization" are coming up with the exact same stuff, which isn't helping, so...

Setting is semi-dytopia, with a fair amount of regular old medical stuff (IVs, etc) but none of the really fancy brain scanning/specialty stuff like that.

We have a character that was in a coma/vegatative state for 3 to 4 months, and recently woke up. Besides the sensory confusion, inability to stay awake long, etc etc mental stuff... What kind of muscle atrophy would we be looking at? How weak would he be? What kind of excercises and therapy would the doctor reccomend, and how long would it take to regain various functions (especially stuff like sitting up, walking, etc)?

(If it helps, the coma was caused by a head injury and he was previously in really good shape, 20 years old.)


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