Re: Stroke recovery
I feel for you terribly here, my grandad had a few massive strokes last year.
He was in a really bad way just as you mentioned with your father-in-law. The thing to remember is that some people can become frustrated (trapped in their own head I suppose) so you really need to have patience with the guy (sounds like you already have, with the 1.5 hour thing.)
A great thing to do is to try getting him to remember things, show him photo from the past, that can do wonders to help kick-start his brain. Try and get him to use his limbs and extremities often and try to challenge his brain with simple things like just having a conversation. Oh and fruit! fruit is great help if he'll eat it.
I am so lucky because he made a miraculous recovery and now is about 90% back to himself. He's got complete control of himself, he just forgets words now and again and replaces the wrong word in it's place. Oh and he lacks tact now, he's quite abrupt with people! lol but he's just speaking his mind and I thank God that he's able to do that.
So keep your chin up, please try for the guy's sake to cope for as long as possible because a hospital could make him worse (as strange as it sounds, most places will just accept him as he is and not try and make him better.)
Chin up and good luck!