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Liver failure

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  • Posted By: cindySue
  • November 5, 2006
  • 00:04 AM

does anyone out ther have a loved one dying from cirrhosis of the liver? My brother is 58 years old, heavy drinker until 5 months ago,and was disgnosed 8 years ago. he was give 6 mo. to live ,and still here but very sick. Drs. are amazed wirh him,but he refuses to go without a fight.Just brought him home yesterday from the hosp. after being drained, fluid] and given four pints of blood. Dr. says hes not producing enough of his own. His kidneys are failing ,has bloody stools ,cant' eat, can't walk ,but won't give up. Is there anyone out there going through this ? has been tragic on him and our family.

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  • My husband was diagnosed with cirrhosis in August of 2005. I believe that hope and his will to live is the only thing that has kept him going. He has been in and out of the hospital several times getting tapped. This last time, they drained 8 liters off him and it was all blood. They said his liver has stopped filtering the blood so it is going into his stomach. His kidneys are trying to shut down and I have not had anyone tell me how long he can survive like this without a transplant. Quite frankly, I am even afraid to know. I won't ask the doctor in front of him because I don't want to take away his hope.We have been married for 25 years and have no children. I take care of him myself and it nearly does me in to see how he is suffering. It is depressing to look on the web site to see how many people are on the waiting list and then to see how many livers are available. My husband has always been a hard worker. He never was one to get off work and come home and sit. He would always go out and work in the pasture with our cows and horses. He has always drank his beer but I believe the chemicals in the weed killer he sprayed in our pastures every year is what did him in. He was always so healthy that in all our years of marriage, he never once went to the doctor until I made him go this time when he swelled up so bad. This past week he has gotten so weak that he can barely walk and he is sleeping most of the time. I am afraid to leave him alone for even 1 minute so I stay close to him at all times. I sympathize with you because I know exactly what you are going through and I hope you aren't doing it alone. I will keep you in my prayers.
    amstory 2 Replies
    • November 13, 2006
    • 07:54 PM
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  • Thank you so much for your reply. I'm so sorry about your husband. Sometimes we feel like we are the only ones going through this ,so it's nice to talk to someone that understands. My brother is also sleeping most of the time now that he's home from the hospital. He won't even go to his Dr. appts. Maybe he knows something we don't? I do know he can't surrive long without eating. This is such a horrible diease to watch happen to someone you love, as my family knew nothing about until my brother became ill. Like your husband,my brother would'nt go to the Dr. until he was so swollen with fluid that he did'nt even fit in a regular size wheelchair. I do pray your husband will be able to get a transplant, have you considered yourself or a family member to donate part of your liver? One Can live on a small portion of liver, although you would have to be tested for a match. I disscused with my brother ,but he did not want to go that route, so we can only respect his wish. Talk to your Dr. about this as they did not bring up the subject to us,we asked them if it was possible. Your family is in my prayers and please if just to talk,it does help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 02:06 PM
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  • When they diagnosed my husband with liver disease, the first thing I did was research on the disease. The very next office visit, I asked his doctor about a liver donor, but he said my husbands liver was too far gone and that it wasn't an option any longer. Besides me, all his brothers and sisters offered part of their liver, but the doctor said he had to have enough healthy liver to attach a part of a new liver and that is just wasn't possible any longer. He waited too long to be seen about. He tries real hard to get to his appointments but he is so sick, that he just can't make that trip. His appetite has never been a problem, but he throws up everything he eats. He has found out the only thing he can keep down is popsicles. The medicine he takes even makes him sick, but he still takes it. How do you get by with watching your brother deteriorate and still hold it together? My husband was a muscular 220 lbs. and now at 130 lbs, I weigh more than he does. It seems like I have to be strong for his entire family and it feels like such a lonely road. Every night when I go to bed, I want so bad to just break down and cry but I am afraid if I start, I won't be able to stop. His family looks to me for hope that he will get a transplant and I am afraid that my hopes are diminishing. I thank God for my sisters because they help keep me focused but since they aren't with me every day, my minds wonders. I wonder how long he can go on like this and I would much rather give him my liver than see him suffer like he is. I will keep your brother and especially you in my prayers every day. I believe God already has a plan for our loved ones but no one understand what it is like for the ones that have to watch them suffer and knowing we can't do anything for them. Thank you for listening to me, it really helps to get it off my chest.
    amstory 2 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 04:01 PM
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