Hi, Holley. Sorry you find yourself here, but there are a lot of knowledgeable and supportive people here. I also have hep C and had liver cancer diagnosed in '06 and the rt. lobe of my liver removed in May '07. At that time, a biopsy was done of the left lobe and it was found to contain "mild cirrhosis." Both the cancer and cirrhosis were caused by the hep C. I have also had problems with ascites--abdominal fluid--and edema (swelling of extremities.) These are also caused by hep C damaging my liver. Have you had treatment for your hep C? I don't know if you drank alcohol, but if you did I hope you've stopped. That's the single best thing you can do for your liver. Also, drink a lot of water and eat fresh fruits and veggies, and little meat--especially not beef, which is hard to digest. When you had the fluid removed from your belly, were you put on diuretics? You should be on them. I am, as are most liver patients. Keep coming back here and you will get a lot of information.
Holley, eating has nothing to do with the bleeding varices. You need to have good nutrition to help you stay as healthy as possible. As I previously stated, fruits and veggies are the best--easily digestible and good for you, as is water. You need a little protein, so some fish or chicken would be okay; also, beans, cheese, soy products, milk, eggs.
I'm glad we were able to brighten your day. Just knowing that there are many others fighting the same battle makes it easier.
Post Edited (hep93) : 7/30/2008 10:38:44 PM (GMT-6)
Holley, just be aware that cheese does have sodium...so be careful about how much of it you eat. ;)
Watermelon is good for you--fills you up and also has fiber. Lots of water, too. This is true of all fruits and veggies, but of course watermelon has more water than most. Are you on diuretics? If not, you might want to keep a check on the watermelon, simply because it could cause you to retain fluid if you are not on a "water pill."