“Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
Many thanks for your encouraging comments, dansbrother. Mom has no confusion...in fact, her mind is sharper than a lot of people's her age. And she has not been complaining about swollen ankles. She also has a good attitude and never gets into a state like I do, so that is probably also in her favor.
Maybe I am over-reacting...I have a tendency to push all the panic buttons when someone I care for shows any signs of illness. I've lost count of the number of times I've made myself literally sick with worry and then been proven wrong, so you'd think I'd learn my lesson. Anyhow, I am hoping and praying that this bout will ease off and she'll be OK again for awhile.
Thanks to everyone for your helpful and compassionate responses!
I agree about the Internet, dansbrother -- sometimes too much information is worse than not enough, especially when so much of that information is conflicting. I have actually stopped looking up informaton about cirrhosis on the Net as it just made me feel ten times worse.
I don't know how much of Mom's liver is still functioning, but I do know that it is a very resilient and forgiving organ, and that people can actually have liver damage for years and not even know it because they have no symptoms.
Mom is gradually feeling a little better, and actually went grocery shopping this morning. She still feels "blah" and is having dark colored urine, but her appetite is slowly returning. I know that she can't ever be completely normal again, but as long as she is functioning I guess that's something to be grateful for.
I have another question for anyone who might know the answer. What is the difference between fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver. When Mom was first diagnosed, the specialist told her she had fibrosis of the liver. Is there a difference, or is it just two names for the same condiiton?