Sharm, welcome to the forum. I wouldn't get any supplements for your dad without clearing it with his doctors first. Some things can actually be injurious to the liver, which is the last thing you want. Milk thistle is usually okay. I take a multivitamin daily, along with daily vit. C (500 mg) and E (400 IU.) I also take Lasix and Aldactone and sometimes extra potassium for foot cramps. My doctor suggested melatonin for sleep, and it's working quite well. I buy all of my supplements at the drugstore or supermarket. You can get them at a health food store, but they're more expensive there. I do get cascara sagrada (for constipation) at the health food store, as other stores have stopped carrying it.
ESLDeen, the online site for Social Security is socialsecurity.gov. You can apply for disability there, though they will send you a ton of paperwork to fill out. I did my initial application on the phone and then filled out the paperwork and mailed it in. After the first turndown, I got a lawyer. I supplied him with all the updated medical reports to forward to SS.
Post Edited (hep93) : 12/18/2008 9:22:47 PM (GMT-7)
ESLDneen, is it possible for you to stay elsewhere when you visit your daughter? I wouldn't want you to have a relapse and drink. However, even if you are sure you won't, I know for myself it's very stressful to be in that type of environment. If you are not feeling well on top of it....it could be miserable. Of course, with the holidays there is lots of "partying," too. If you are unable to stay anywhere else, try to excuse yourself when the drinking and smoking become too much for you. Explain that you are not well and either go visit your daughter, go for a drive, or just escape to your guest room if you have one. I agree that anti-anxiety medication might also help.
I hope you will have a good visit with your daughter. I haven't seen mine in 2 years.
ESLDeen, I just wanted to mention that I have hep C, cirrhosis, and had liver cancer and haven't had pain (except for post-op pain.)
Penny, I saw a new physician today, a cardiovascular doc, and his ARNP. I mentioned the foot cramps to the ARNP, as I had them really bad last night. She suggested tonic water. Says the quinine in it works and I only need to take a couple of ounces. Definitely have that on my next shopping trip.