Originally Posted by GreatBasinTaco
True, except under certain circumstances such as: he cannot appropriately care for himself and his wife does not feel that she can adequately care for him. The local area physician may also be able to assist in persuading him to seek tx if contacted. This is all assuming that there are no advanced directives/ DNR, but several days in this is beyond emergent live saving efforts and moves into a quality of life situation.
There's always a work around to 'a refusal'
For the OP: Not that I openly share this type of information - but - It's a story of 'dealing' with a similar situation kinda.
My own father-in-law never had a stroke, but he either had onset of Alzheimers or schizophrenia. I don't know the details closely - but he refused to see a doctor as well. Try telling (accusing) a grown man of hearing voices and seeing things. In his mind.....there's absolutely nothing wrong.
Somehow, with the help of family....He went to the doctor and the doctor submitted him to a mental hospital. After a week (and medications), they rendered him safe to come home.
After some time of being back home - he still wasn't 'right' and they found out he stopped taking his meds. Back-n-forth in & out of doctor visits and the medical community rendering him SAFE. The really really really bad thing.....
They rendered him SAFE to go back to work. And of course, he loved his job as a security officer and was happy to go back to work.
The family did not feel 'warm & fuzzy* about him going back to work.
Unfortunately - he had access to firearms and decided to take his own life (this was about 5 years ago).
Whether or not he knew this originally or he became to understand his own problem. But, we believe he was struggling with himself and those voices and the only way to rid himself of the voices, was to end it all. He was the type of man who never wanted to inconvenience his family for him.
So yeah, its a mental struggle for both family and patient. Even after pushing the issue .... You wished you could've done more.