Post Edited (KathleenW) : 6/1/2010 2:03:34 PM (GMT-6)
Well, Mayo is not going to come to her, of course. That's why I said "if she's up to the testing." They may not want to tell you anything on the phone without seeing her. Even if she has had previous tests, they want to do their own. I'm glad you feel positive about her new doctor, though. Please keep us posted.
Post Edited (KathleenW) : 6/7/2010 9:04:38 PM (GMT-6)
Kathleen, my mother also served as a bad example for me. I saw myself becoming her and that was a huge factor in my going to AA and getting sober, almost 24 yrs. ago.
By the way, NALD is usually called NASH--non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver), in case you are doing any searches for it.
Kathleen, hopefully you are healthy enough to be a live donor, but they will first have to determine if your mother is. She has to be ill enough to warrant a transplant, but also well enough to live through surgery and the post-op period. Testing is very extensive and includes psychological testing. If she were to make it through the evaluation period, your willingness to be a donor could impact their decision, especially if they are concerned about her age. Your dad is going to need a lot of support.
Katthleen, I am so sorry to hear about your mum, I wish you the best in this struggle! I saw your question about transplant relating to age, my understanding is that at a certain point a persons age does not make for a good candidate for transplant because it is a lenghty surgery, alot of anesthesia and a tough recovery time with the added issue of anti rejection drugs. The risk of fatal complications are very high and survival slim. I dont believe the Dr that told you it would be a waste of an organ was the right way to say why she may not get a transplant, it is a fine balance of sick enough for surgery and being well enough to recover. From experience the UTI causes the same type of confusion as high ammonia levels, also any type of infection in someone with organ failure. Hopefully you see a change in her since addressing the UTI.
just want you to know that my mom was 74 and was transplanted. Unfortunaley, she could not fight an infection. The liver functioned perfectly. My mom never drank, so that is not an issue.
Way to go, Kathleen! You will never know unless you try. Good for you for trying to do what you can. Even if she's not a transplant candidate, you will know that you tried. Good luck!
You go girl