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caitlynn
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi   my dad was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver caused from drinking 5 yrs ago and still will not stop his drinking he wont even admit he has it we were told a while ago that his liver is functioning at 20 % well now his belly and legs are swollen he claims its because he cant walk to much he is taking some form of water pills. he also has a lot of pain in his upper and mid stomach. he also had a bleed 5yrs ago the dr's just keep telling him to quit drinking or he will die but it dont seem to work he still thinks nothing is wrong . i have been reading all your stories and they have helped me to understand his disease but i just dont know how to handle it and needed to talk about it thank you for listening.

Post Edited By Moderator (Pink Grandma) : 7/17/2009 10:44:36 PM (GMT-6)


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Caitlynn,  welcome to HealingWell.   I gave your post a subject so that you would get more replies......  
 
I am sorry about your dad.........it's hard seeing a loved one destroy themselves.   Been there done that and doing it again.  
 
Some people can not face their own mortality.........so they keep on doing what ever it is that's harming them..........alcohol is gets a hold of some people and they won't or can't let it go.  I come from a long line of alcoholics and seen and lived through so much pain because of it.  Only by the grace of God am I not one.  
 
Everyone needs to express their feelings in one way or another. So come here anything to vent or ask questions.........We are a very compassionate diverse group.
 
Take care...........thoughts and prayers...........
Pink Grandma
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caitlynn
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for replying so fast it felt good to be able to talk about it i dont talk to my mother about it because it upsets her to much. my biggest fear is that he will have another bleed because we live in a very small town and it is a 4 hour drive to the nearest hospital that could treat him our hospital here could only treat minor injuries. if the injury is bad they have to be taken by helicopter to the cities hospital

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand your fears......that was one of my biggest also......fortunately my husband only developed nose bleeds.   And also your worry about the hospital being so far away. 
 
Have you have a chance to read out educational post in the Hepatitis Resource thread at the top of our forum?  It has a lot of good information in it. 
 
One of the best things about finding this forum for a lot of people is that ........they had no one to talk to about this disease that really understood.   That they felt all alone ..Myself included.......well Caitlynn you are not alone any longer.
 
Thoughts and prayers.........
Pink Grandma
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When the going gets tough....the tough get going! Don't always know where I going but I get there anyways.


hep93
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Caitlynn, welcome to the forum.  I am so sorry about your dad.  Unfortunately, there is not a thing you can do to make him quit drinking.  That is something he has to decide he wants to do on his own...and some alcoholics just never quit, regardless of how much harm it is doing to themselves or their loved ones.

If his stomach becomes too filled with fluid, it can be drained.  Also, if he has esophageal varices (engorged veins in his esophagus that could rupture and bleed), they can be banded to prevent a hemorrhage.  There are some things that can be done, but he needs to be under the care of a hepatologist, or at least a GI doctor.  If he is in so much denial that he refuses medical care, there's not much you can do about that, either.

There are a number of people here who are in the same situation you are.  My heart really goes out to you.  Feel free to vent at any time.  If there is anything you need to know, there is usually someone here who can give you information.  You might also want to check out Hepatitis Resources at the top of the Hepatitis main page.  There are some educational topics in there that might help you to understand the progression of the disease.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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