My mom has been a heavy drinker for pretty much her whole life, and now is 52 years old. In September of 2011 she was diagnosed with cirrhosis and emphysema. Her symptoms started atleast 2 years earlier but she wouldn't see a doctor and won't go back to the doctor since her diagnosis, which seems pretty typical reading other posts. I talked with her doctor after her diagnosis and I asked him to be honest with me and he told me that best case scenerio if she quits drinking and smoking she would live about 5 years because of the stage shes in, but worst case she has less than a year if she doesnt quit. She still gets drunk every day and she still chain smokes.
I am in Alanon and actually have alot of acceptance with this situation and I don't resent her....I just want to know where she is at or hear some personal experiences....
I am confused because she doesnt have swelling of the stomache yet but she is yellow and her eyes are now turning really yellow from the outside inwards. She has no muscle mass anymore, she is skin and bones basically with flabby skin, she can barely walk up her stairs, she experiences alot of pain in her stomach and loses feeling in her legs.
Months ago she was getting nose bleeds quite a bit and throwing up ALOT and she was very itchy for quite a long time but now that has all seemed to stop.
Also, she has had gout for 2 months and nothing will take it away anymore...it may get better for 1 day but flairs up again....
I watched my mother in law pass away from this 5 years ago, she looked fine when she was diagnosed in February and by October she had died, she never turned yellow or had yellow eyes yet but she was very swollen in the last month. Its just so different, my mom actually looks sick and like she is dying....but she still generally has her mind-but she is miserable now more and more, anyways I would love some insight, I feel lost and I want to hear some sort of truth what to expect and since she won't see her doctor I can't get a professional opinion.
I appreciate everyones time so much.