Hello There ,
I was wondering does anybody have any information for me on advanced stage of cirrhosis of the liver ?
Has anyone ever dealt with a loved one with with advanced cirrhosis ?
My father in law was diagnosed with advanced stage of cirrhosis of the liver yesterday september 9th 2006.
My father in law is an alcoholic , i have known him for 12 years and during this time he has consumed on average 5 litres of wine per day .
I want to know what to expect down the track with his condition , i have read up alot on this and it is really devasting to me about his prognosis.
A few months ago he was stating that his legs were playing up , and i suggested that he should see a doctor to discuss this with him , but he is very stubborn and in denial about his alcohol problem , so the doctors were out of the question, after weeks and weeks of me pressuring him he finally agreed to go , only so i would get of his back .
The doctor did blood test and we got the result back yesterday and he was advised that his liver is completly gone its not functioning at all , he was told that he needs to see a liver specialist now , apparantly he is jaundice badly , his stomach sticks out like he is pregnant and on the left side of his stomach he has this huge mass that pops out i havent a clue what it is , the doctor said his legs were breaking down due to the fact that his liver is gone.The doc said that seeing the liver is completely gone his brain will stop functioning well soon.
I have these test result with me and i have looked them up on the internet and its scarring me really bad
platelet count 96,000
Does anyone know what these numbers exactly mean?
since yesterday he has not being drinking as much , but even 1 drink at this stage is putting him in even more danger
the doctor said if he completly gives up the alcohol , changes his diet , lose weight , and excercise he may have 1-2 good years in him , this is so hard for me to comprehend , i cant even think of him not being here , he is only 61.
Has anyone been through anything like this before , my husband and i feel so very alone , and when i talk to people about it , people arent very nice they say well " what do you expect " he is of course an alcoholic ,:mad:
What will happen to him in the near future , any information about this would be greatly appreciated , i thank you all for taking the time out to read this.
Warmest regards jade amy
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