Post Edited (Bee83) : 2/28/2010 6:09:05 PM (GMT-7)
Bee, I have been going through the same with my mum who is 62. she has been drinking heavily for years but i would say her health started to badly deteriorate about three years ago.
she has been seriously ill many times with everything relating to esld.I too have been asked about the DNR order, which is a hard thing to be asked.
As far as the alcohol is concerned my mum is not strong,totally helpless.but she is so strong in many other ways.she has came through so many things in hospital, i am surpised she is still here.
i have been through so much, most important thing is get educated about the disease, you could be in for a long haul. and yes, even though your mum is soi lthere might be a small chance of recovery for your mum if she quits drinking. try and share the burden with family, do not take it all on yourself. look after yourself, everyone here on this forum has been through this or similar, this is a great support which will help you so much.
anytime you need to talk i am here
Bee, welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of information and support here. Look at some of the older posts dealing with alcoholism and liver disease. There is also some good info in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the page (it's not just about hepatitis, but liver disease in general.)
I would say that if they are able to stabilize your mom and she never drinks another drop of alcohol, she has a chance of recovery. The most serious things right now are bleeding, and sepsis (blood infection.) If her kidneys really start to fail, that's an indication that her body is shutting down. It's a good sign that she is fighting. As for the DNR order, that's a hard call to make if she doesn't have a Living Will. If it seems that they are doing everything possible for her and she continues to decline, that might be the sign to go ahead with the DNR.
Thanks for the update, Bee. If they are unable to wean her from the ventilator, that's a bad sign. If she is still able to take breaths on her own, that's good. However, the longer she is on a ventilator, the less chance there is of her getting off.
Please do keep us posted.