Hi, Lynn! I remember you! Welcome back. It's wonderful that your brother has been sober since July. Is he going to AA or just stopped drinking on his own? I also suspect that his improvement has been due to his abstinence. In regard to your statement about cirrhosis...by the nature of the disease, it does not get better, but continues to progress. The only "cure" at this time is a tranplant. Has that been mentioned to your brother at all? The progression of cirrhosis can be slowed by correct diet, including no red meat and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The biggest thing one can do to slow the progression of scarring leading to liver failure is to stop drinking. Now that your brother has done that, your family should focus on ways of helping him have better overall health and a better quality of life, for whatever amount of time he has left. Since the feeding tube has been removed, nutrition is going to be of utmost importance.
Be sure to read the threads on Stages of Liver Disease and Encephalopathy Education. I have also bumped a thread on Death and Dying to the top of the first page.
Your brother's leg concerns me. It sounds like phlebitis. Does he have diabetes? I think I would seek a second opinion for him.
Post Edited (Pink Grandma) : 4/2/2009 4:16:12 PM (GMT-6)
"...mostly stay away from alcohol"
Lynn, there is no "mostly" to it for someone with liver disease. He cannot drink one drop! Otherwise, anything else that is being done for him will be futile. In case he and your family don't know, he will not even be considered for a transplant unless he has 6 mos. of DOCUMENTED sobriety. Which is why I asked if he's been going to AA.
Thanks for the nice compliments. I think PG will agree that helping out here is a form of therapy for both of us, and in my case (sober alcoholic and liver cancer survivor) a way of "giving back."
since i last posted on this forum i was tryin to find my way back to the basic life living without drug or drinking. my pain are not really bad but the fears of just being sick scares me to not want to even go to the doc and see just where my condition is. on the other hand i have decided that i am going into a treatment center for 45 day and start working on getting clean. the best part is that they will test me and finded out where i stand. havent been on the forum and i have missed the love of my family and being able to share how i feel. i ask for yor prayer and i thank God for this forum. please someone get back with me. miss you all
Marketa, it is good to see you here again. I am thrilled that you are going into treatment. They will have AA meetings while you are inpatient, but you really must continue with them (or NA meetings) when you come out and are detoxed. That is when you will really need them...because reality will slap you in the face and you will need support to keep from relapsing. Part of the reality is your liver disease. No sense at all in playing ostrich. You need to know where you stand so that you can get appropriate treatment. You can e-mail me anytime, okay? (Look in my profile.)
2407, I am so sorry that your dad started drinking again after 17 yrs. He missed a great opportunity to help his son by doing so. He would have been a wonderful inspiration and he could've helped him face his alcoholism and get treatment for it. He could've been supportive. I learned years ago, though, that relapse can happen...even to those with many years of sobriety. It is the main reason that AA is a lifelong commitment. One is never "cured." It's always "one day at a time." My being involved in this forum keeps me sober, too, as I see what happens to alcoholics who don't stop drinking.
It has been proven that there is a genetic component to alcoholism. My mother and maternal grandfather were alcoholic, and my father was a "closet drunk" who had a fatty liver and killed himself in his 40s.
AA meetings and the people who attend are so very different from the outsider's preconception. Although your brother may resist at first, if he gives it a chance he will find everything he needs to fill that hole inside that he's been trying to fill with alcohol.
hello hep c and pink grandma
waking up this morning and looking at the greetin was such a blessin,feelin alot better about what i am about to do b/c i know its the right thing to do,and this is life or death for me. while gone in treatment for 45 days i will do my best to keep you all informed of my great success in my plan to LIVE. i believe in my heart that there's a way to beat this and i pray that daily there is research and cure. thanks guys for it helps to know that there is love understanding and comfort out there. have a wonderful day