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carrie5412
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   Posted 8/16/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
how to start...my brother has lupus. trying to learn how to help him and learn to understand his condition. before i can, i find out (thru girlfriend) he also has hep c. ok, we can do this. only he drinks 1st thing in the morning and totally knows what he is doing. he has no insurance. he was construction worker, cannot work in sun. also 50 yrs. old. doctor told him w/o insurance no dr. will deal with him. so here his is, an alcoholic, construction worker, with no hope of help. my brother is very private. but i think that is the alcoholic in him. i have absolutely no med info but would like to know what is coming w/o drs help. we lost mom 1 1/2 yrs ago. truely a sweet lady. love her. and hate what he is doing. when i confront him on numbers what should i look for as far as esld? he has totally given up.

Butterflythree
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   Posted 8/16/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Carrie, Have you read through some of the older posts? There is a lot of helpful information here. I am so sorry that your brother is not well. Alcohol is really bad for a person with hep C. It can cause the virus to multiply. Has your brother tried to apply for medicaid? Are there any medical clinics in his area? Don't think that it is hopeless. There is help for your brother out there somewhere. It just has to be found. I'll be praying for both of you.
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hep93
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   Posted 8/16/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, Carrie.  There definitely should be help available somewhere.  I went to a teaching hospital's clinics for years (free) when I had no insurance.  However, your brother needs to want the help; otherwise, it is all for naught.  The very worst thing he can do, for both his lupus and the hep C, is to drink alcohol.  If he is not willing to stop, then no doctor willl want to work with him.  I know that lupus can be managed with medication.  There is also treatment for hep C.  If your brother does not stop drinking and seek treatment, he will have bad flareups of his lupus (an autoimmune disease) and his hep C will advance to End Stage Liver Disease, cirrhosis, possible liver cancer, and certain death.  Read the stages of liver disease, which is a thread in this forum, to get an idea of what lies ahead.

My heart goes out to you.  You might find Al-Anon groups helpful to you, in dealing with your brother's drinking problem.

Hugs,

Connie


frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 8/16/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Carrie

Welcome to the forum. Connie has given you some great advice and hopefully your brother will choose to make some postive life changes.

Lucy

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 8/17/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Carrie, there's not much to add to the previous replies. So sorry that you are dealing with this. If he doesn't stop drinking and doesn't get treatment he is taking away any chance of survival.

Thoughts and prayers
Pink Grandma
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