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My father's case - any guidance is appreciated.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 8, 2011
  • 05:58 PM

My father was on a steady decline for about 6 months but absolutely refused any type of medical treatment until 12/5/10 when he finally agreed to go to the hospital. That day he was admitted and we have been here ever since. Upon admission he was diagnosed with severe malnutrition, liver failure, and anemia.

We saw a steady decline in his health, even more then where he was when he was admitted. He was mentally absent (not knowing where he was, way day it was, or whats going on), which was not present upon admission.

Now as I sit by his bedside in the hospital here is where we stand.
The doctors have diagnosed him with end-stage liver failure. They state that his liver is gone - no longer functioning, due to alcohol cirrohsis.
They state he has basically, as well, pickled his brain due to the alcohol. The diagnosis for his delusional mental state. The term they used is escaping me right now.

They state that he is not a candidate for a liver transplant since he will never come out of this delusional state. They are trying to regulate his medication - to get him to the best state they can - then once he is able to be taken off of the restraints they would like me to place him in a home.

We have some good days and some very aggraviated bad bad days. Can I get any advice or guidance at all. I have been reading alot of threads which have helped some. What is life expectancy, what is the quality of life, etc..

I am working on getting a second opinion since it is clear the doctors here feel they have done all they can and have - closed the books..

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