egradle, welcome to the forum. I am very sorry that your dad is ill with liver disease. You will find a lot of information and support here. I suggest you read some of the educational topics. I have also bumped "Death and Dying Comments" to the top of the page. That is a good one for you to read, also.
What state are you in? Someone might be able to recommend a good doctor or hospital if we know where your dad is. Has a transplant ever been mentioned? Personally, I'm a big fan of Mayo as they saved my life after I was diagnosed with liver cancer. However, there are other good ones, as well.
Welcome to the forum. Below is a list of transplant centers I pulled in the vicinity of Virginia. For a complete list, see page 6 of my forum WE HAVE A LIVER.
Region 11: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
VAMC - Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
VAUV - University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
NCDU - Duke University Medical Center
NCCM - Carolinas Medical Center
NCMH - University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC
Region 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Northern Virginia
MDJH - Johns Hopkins Hospital
MDUM - University of Maryland Medical System
You will find a great deal of information and support on this forum regarding liver disease. ESLD (End Stage Liver Disease) is not measured on a scale of 1-10. It is measured on the MELD (Measure of End-stage Liver Disease). This is a scale from 7-40. When an individual’s MELD score is 15, they should be placed on the waiting list for transplant, provided they are a candidate. It seems most patients are transplanted when their meld score is in the mid-20’s. By this time, they are very, very sick.
The amount of time a person can live with the disease depends on the individual and the management of complications. No one can predict the outcome. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about your Father’s disease. The whole family needs to be involved in his care.
I have to go for now (gotta get some work done). Read on. Knowledge is power.