My 60 year old brother has been a closet drinker for 25+ years. He recently went to the hospital, and is now in a nursing home because the doctors are draining 10 - 12 liters of liquid form his stomach every week. I have read ALOT of information on liver disease, and I realize he is in the final stages of psorosis of the liver. His skin is also turning yellow. The problem is, he has told all doctors that they cannot share any information with his family, as he is still trying to "hide" his condition. He is mean and nasty to everyone... not since he has been in the nursing home, but for many years now, so talking rationally to him is not possible. I know that his time here on earth is drawing to a close, and I know the amount of time varies from person to person, but can anyone give me a range of time that he will probably be with us --- he has brothers and sisters that live out of country, and I am wondering if they need to make arrangements for travel, Now, while he is still with us .... they already have plans for Thanksgiving (almost 4 months from now) to return home. Should they be making arrangements now, or is the end a few years away ... we can get no help from the medical staff that is working with my brother. My brother is in total denial -- it is just his hernia acting up, and he never drinks ..... that is his story ...
Please help with any real advice... it is frustrating not to be able to get answers .... I love my brother, and want to be able to prepare our 85 year old mother for the next step in this long journey ... do we start making funeral arrangements? are we premature? HELP???!!!! Thanks!
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