HubbySick, welcome to the forum, though I'm sorry for your reason for being here. Sandi/Arneeb has given you some very good information. She has been through it. I'm just wondering if your hubby ever had hep C treatment...my own curiosity, not that he could have it now.
Sandi is also right about transplant issues/questions. The doctors are the ones you need to discuss that with. However, he does sound very ill and may be too sick to undergo transplant. Do the transplant centers know that he is now on dialysis?
Regarding the diet issues, Lanie gave good suggestions for a basically healthy diabetic. I understand that he would not be able to keep down most of what she suggested. When I had liver cancer and swelled up like a balloon, I found I could only eat soups, Jello (Sugar Free, though I'm not diabetic), and Slim Fast shakes. The Slim Fast has the same nutrients as Ensure, but less calories and it tastes a lot better. Because of his diabetes, you would need to get the green light on this from his doctor. But it would be better than kid cereal 5 x a day.
I suggest you look in the folder at the top of the page entitled Hepatitis Resources. There is some good information in there and you will know more what to expect in a general sense, though each case is different.
Please do take time for yourself before you get completely burned out.
Post Edited (hep93) : 9/8/2010 12:43:26 PM (GMT-6)
Hi again, HubbySick. You are no longer alone now that you have found this forum. There are wonderfully supportive people here. Regarding the ascites, the danger is that the fluid can become infected. Also, there is a risk of infection with the paracentesis. In addition, it can build up so much that it is pressing against the lungs, causing shortness of breath. Do watch for that! People with chronic hep C are at much higher risk of developing liver cancer. The ascites won't cause that, nor damage other organs.
Yes, it is foolish of him to keep smoking. But as an ex-smoker, I know how difficult it is to stop. Perhaps he sees no reason to stop, if he feels he's going to die soon anyway.
You will receive a lot of support here, so keep posting! You have a lot on your plate, so do remember to get enough rest and to eat healthfully.
Post Edited By Moderator (Pink Grandma) : 11/8/2010 5:21:41 AM (GMT-7)