Lynn, welcome to the forum. I'm sorry that your dad is so ill. Just wondering...did he ever have treatment for the hep C?
Ascites in the abdomen can be so large that it presses against the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Given that his immune system is compromised with hep C, he's probably more susceptible to pneumonia. Also, if he is going to hospitals or clinics frequently, he is at increased risk of picking up bugs from others. I contracted pneumonia during my last surgery (a year ago August.)
If he could take 1,000 mg of vitamin C, half in the AM and half in the PM, it would help build up his resistance to colds and other infections. However, if he doesn't take the meds he is supposed to take, it seems unlikely that he would take this. Is he on Lactulose or does he refuse to take that, too? Also, is he drinking alcohol?
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