“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."
Micha I hope your husband has seen a Dr. by now. My husband had a similar problem with his hernia. The first few times it came out I had to take him to the ER. They really had trouble getting it back in. Also it was very painful. Now if it pops out we can usually get it back in. But they did tell us if we couldn't get it back in to go to the ER ASAP. I hope all is well. Please let us know.
June17 We were told early on by Jerry's gastro Dr. that his liver could not handle anathesia(to lazy to look up spelling). I guess when they put you under they use a lot and its very dangerous. I'm sure Shelly can explain it better. I don't seem to have much of a brain these days. I wish there was pill to charge up my brain!!
Mischa I just wanted to let you know that Jerry has had constipation problems also at times. Even while taking his lactalose. We started squeezing grapefruits and mixing the lactalose with the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Made a big deferance. I don't know that it would work for your husband but its worth a try. We got the grapefruits at Sams and you can get a lot of juice out of one grapefruit. Hope this helps.
Shelly Can you believe that Dr. told me that. I knew that didn't sound right. Thanks
Shelly I pretty sure I have lost my mind. What I meant is the Dr told me there is NO pain with cirrhosis! That is the honest truth. I remember thinking that can't be possible. Isn't that crazy.
Shelly Thanks for the explaination. That is exactly where it hurts him. Its been coming and going for some time. Did I tell you the Dr. told Jerry that only about 15% of his liver is functioning. He said maybe less. So I'm just waiting for the day that his MELD score just jumps up. I have mixed emotions about that. The higher his MELD score the sicker he will become. The sicker he becomes the sooner he will need a transplant. That is if there is a liver available! I'm sure you understant my fear. Thanks again.
My dad has had a similar hernia for several months now and they won't fix it. The specialist here said that they won't fix it for several reasons:
1. Risk of infection2. Risk of serious bleeding complications during surgery3. When his ascites returns, like it always does, the repaired hernia is likely to come out again, or he will get another one.
The doctor explained that #3 is the most common occurance. He said the only way they would fix the hernia is if he was in servere pain, or it was causing other complications.