Caring 4 mama, I'm glad you found us. And boy, can I relate! I cut off all communication with my mother over 20 years prior to her death. Since she was 1500 miles away, I didn't even know where she was or when she died until a year after the fact. I hope you are up to what lies ahead. I have personally been sober for nearly 22 yrs., thanks to AA. It was 6 yrs. after I quit drinking that I was diagnosed with hep C. So I will leave it to others who have dealt with loved ones with liver disease who continue(d) to drink to tell you what may lie ahead.
I also suggest that you read the educational topics on our main page. They contain a lot of great information. Also, I just obtained a book that was recommended by one of our members (Hi, Penny!), Hepatitis and Liver Disease by Dr. Melissa Palmer. You can get an inexpensive copy at half.com. It contains information on all types of liver disease and is very thorough.
Remember to take care of yourself. Get enough rest and don't forget to eat properly.
Post Edited (hep93) : 4/29/2009 2:53:58 PM (GMT-6)
Caring 4 mama, from what I've read in this forum, the lactulose can be adjusted up and down as required. So if she needs more, give her a larger dose at one time.
I am SO happy to hear that you have gotten some help! That will do wonders for both you and your mom!
PG, I feel sadness, too, now...for what could have been but never was.
Worried Girl, remember it is the disease that angers you--and what it causes--not your mother.
Do not feel alone in the anger/frustration. I, too, feel angry and frustrated, which I think is normal as a caregiver. I vented my anger/frustration this afternoon at my husband, and now I feel horrible, because he cannot help that he's in pain.....I feel like the biggest jerk!