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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Post Edited (eclare) : 3/4/2009 2:01:17 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/3/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, eclare, and welcome to the forum.  It does sound like your sister has end-stage liver disease and cirrhosis.  Since you said that she is a heavy drinker, she would not be eligible for a transplant until she has been sober in AA or alcohol counseling for 6 mos.  They are probably just trying to stabilize her.  Nutrition is a big part of her health status.  They are giving her diuretics for swelling/ascites.  If the ascites (fluid in the belly) is excessive, they may drain her.  There is really nothing they can do except treat the symptoms.  Her attitude and willingness to cooperate with diet and medication can go a long way towards slowing the progression of her cirrhosis.  Reading the posts here will give you an idea of what to expect.  You will get a lot of information and support in this forum.



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Pink Grandma
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/4/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Eclare and welcome to HealingWell. I am so sorry that your sister, you and your family are going through this. It's a tough row to hoe.

Read over our educational posts....they should be either on the first or second page of this forum. They will give you a pretty good idea of where your sister is at with this disease and what to expect.

With liver disease the blood usually has a tough time clotting so the patients bleed easily. Sometimes doctors will order a blood transfusion if the blood count gets too low.

Hang in there..........thoughts and prayers.......
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   Posted 3/4/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
thankyou both for your support, I will read into it, just taking each day as it comes and hoping she will at some point open up..

thanks againxx
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