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liver cirrhosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 24, 2010
  • 00:58 PM

last year was the worst year of my life. i am 23 years old and my only family, my mother died from liver cirrhosis at 54. she was a severe alcoholic and drank till her last days. i only wish i knew what i know now, but ive accepted that there was little i could have done, alcohol is a disease of its own. i just want anyone that is going through the same thing with a loved one or themselves to pay more attention, and support the person in all ways, and stop enablers(very important). i was not told by my mother the severity of her condition and she said "ill be fine" and did not know the severity or maybe i knew it was bad but was in denial that she would die. i must say it is so horrible to see your beloved mother deteriorate and die before your eyes for something so worthless. she seemed ok for her condition 2 days before she died but she wasent. if your loved one is an alcoholic pay close attention to any changes even small ones like appitite not eating, accites(abdominal swelling) this was the first signs that i dident even know at the time,extreame weight gain or lose, feet swelling, any bleeding going to the bathroom or vomiting blood, mental changes,depression, like losing will to live i think this is the most important when someone wants to die they dont care about what there leaving behind no matter how much they love the ones left behind, not wanting to get out of bed, withdraw from the world,the main symptom jaundice(yellow eyes), this started in the eyes slightly then my mother was just yellow all around. her aluminumi rose and she dident even know what year it was after medication and dialysis she became lucid. at this point you cant stop them from drinking at all cost it gets worse. only one year passed after finding out she had liver cirrhosis all the hospitals, nursing homes and being clean that 3 month duration she still continued alcohol use as soon as she got home. one year after diagnosis she was unrecongnizable she looked like the life was sucked out of her, then in the hospital she swelled up head to toe. she could not get up or talk to the ems or doctors. she died the following day on her birthday due to cardiac arrest, complete organ failure thats what happens if you dont stop drinking, liver goes then kidneys, lungs finally leading to cardiac arrest. im posting this to hopefully help someone so that they dont hopefully have to go through what i did, i know there is little you can do if alcohol use is that bad but its worth the try if you really want this person to live.

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