Sandy, welcome to the forum. I am sorry your brother is so ill. Mer is absolutely right about the alcohol. He will have to stop and not drink for at least 6 mos. before a transplant would be considered. From his present symptoms, it sounds like he may need a transplant. Ask his wife to try to get him to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and drink pure water. No red meat. If you think she knows more than she is saying, don't be afraid to ask. And tell her about this forum. She will need support and information.
Thank you, thank you to those who responded. I truly appreciate your honest, caring answers.
I have read a lot of this forum and am realizing my brother's condition sounds worse than I was hoping - perhaps it is ESLD. So far my brother has not had a drop to drink since the bleeding two months ago. I thought 6 months of being sober was the requirement to begin to be considerd for a new liver, and it seems as if he realizes he simply cannot drink any more and has even said he doesn't want to drink. That's a great start. My mom somewhat looks to me for answers and I am learning all I can to help her understand what is happening. We've been hesitant to press his wife for specific answers/details on his condition - not wanting to upset her and I think mostly not wanting to know the truth. It is all so heart wrenching.
I forgot to mention in my first email that my brother is having some bad problems with his teeth - a lot of pain, a couple pulled, etc. Is this common? I can't figure out how that would be connected to liver problems. Does anyone have any experience with that?
Thank you again for your warm welcome and caring support.