Post Edited By Moderator (Pink Grandma) : 4/24/2009 7:33:01 PM (GMT-6)
Fernlady and FortheloveofMarc, I want to welcome both of you to the forum. FTLOM, thank you for responding to Fernlady and offering help. Also, "hi" to Judith!
Fern, has your husband stopped drinking entirely? That is the first thing that absolutely must be done. If he has stopped drinking, how long has he been sober? Has transplant been mentioned at all? Cirrhosis is irreversible and anyone with cirrhosis is at higher risk for liver cancer (which I had and survived.) When was he diagnosed with ALD and cirrhosis? How old is he? All of these things play into his prognosis and what is likely to happen. Familiarize yourself with some of the educational threads on our main page, which will answer some of your questions. You will also find a lot of support on this forum from the great people here. The more you advocate for your husband, the better care he will receive.
Hi, Rick! Good to see you posting and to know that you are doing so well! Keep up the good work, buddy!
Fernlady, thanks for the additional info. It sounds like your husband's liver disease has progressed. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. I hope that they can get his Lactulose moderated correctly so that he isn't "out there." Be sure to visit him often. Patients with family members involved get much better care. Feel free to ask questions of the nurses, also.
Hang in there!
Fernlady, I am sooo sorry for your loss. I'm glad that he went peacefully and it didn't drag on and on.
I commend you for continuing with Al-Anon. As you probably know by now, it's about you and your reactions and not the alcohol. The support will be very good for you and I'm sure you've made some friends there.
Thank you for letting us know of your husband's passing. And please feel free to post here at any time. You can just vent, but you can also be a great help to others who are going through what you have experienced.