Tj, welcome to the forum. I am unable to answer your questions right now, as my sister is here from out of town. I will be back later and will post then, but wanted to welcome you. Perhaps someone else can address your questions while I am unavailable.
Hi, again TJ. I suggest you read the information in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the Hepatitis Forum page. The confusion you speak of is probably hepatic encephalopathy. This is caused by the liver being unable to filter out ammonia and it goes to the brain. The treatment for this is usually Lactulose.
As Worried Girl mentioned, your mom should avoid red meat and alcohol. She could probably benefit from a multivitamin without iron. However, for other supplements you should consult with her doctor first. They could be of no benefit and/or dangerous.
Any idea what the cirrhosis is from? Yes, living donors are used at times, but it depends on the particular transplant facility where she will be seen, and if they do them. Transplant centers are divided into regions. I don't believe she could be listed with different hospitals. Investigate what is available to her in her area and find a center and stick with it. There is a ton of testing that takes place before being placed on a transplant list. You wouldn't want her to have to go through that in more than one center, if it's even allowed.
PG, wouldn't each hospital want to run their own tests, or would they accept reports from one? When I went to Mayo, I'd already had an MRI with Gadolinium, CT scans, blood work, a sonogram at Shands and had copies of those reports...but when I went to Mayo, they repeated all the tests plus more. That is why I thought going to more than one transplant center would be out of the question. But if they get to the transplant list stage, certainly I would think they could be listed with more than one hospital. I was just saying that she wouldn't want to be evaluated by more than one hospital.
Kiersten, thank you so much for that definitive information--and welcome to the forum! Mayo used to have an even shorter wait time than that, so their patient load must be increasing. I can't say enough positive things about them, though, as they literally saved my life. They pack a lot of appts. into one day, especially for out-of-state patients, so they can get all the evaluation done in a very short time.
Good luck with your transplant status, and again--welcome!
TJ and caw, it sounds like your moms could have NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.) This has a number of different causes, including obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and several drugs. NASH can lead to cirrhosis and other complications.