Hello to you all. I have a few questions about my Dad. about four years ago, he was
hospitalized and diagnosed with an acute cirrohtic event. After seven days in the hospital, he was released and told not to drink alcohol any more and that he did have cirrhosis. Around December, he began to retain fluid in his abdomen. He lays and sleeps constantly. He says he feels bloated after only eating a small amount. He doesn't have bowel movements but once every four to five days. He has muscle wasting and his color is a greyish cast. He is cold all of the time. He will not go back to his doctor b/c of his "fear." I called his doctor and he phoned-in prescriptions of diuretics, which my dad takes erratically. He eats whatever he pleases -- lots of red sauces, pasta, lunch meats, and many sweets. He also has no teeth which makes his eating worse... He is very afraid of dying but won't go see his "liver doc." By the way, he does not drink at all, takes Atavan for his anxiety, and smokes two to three packs of cigarettes daily. My mom and I don't know what to expect in the upcoming months. I feel for my Dad as a person...however, he has always been quite difficult and unloving toward my mom, my brothers, and me (and all of our children). I would like to know what's next...I can handle it....how long does he have and how much worse are his symptoms going to get? Will he be hospitalized? By the way, he doesn't make great sense at all times and forgets what you tell him. Thanks in advancefor any insights into his progression.