Emma, to quote Dr. Melissa Palmer, "Congestive gastropathy is buildup of pressure in the stomach due to crrhosis, which can lead to inflammation and bleeding." The operative word there is "can"--not "will."
Try not to worry about things that haven't happened and likely never will. It is enough to focus on today's challenges and hand over the rest to your Higher Power.
ML, glad that your hubby is stable today and was able to get out a bit.
Worry is a waste of precious energy. Instead, seek solutions. For example, if he can't continue to work so many hours, maybe he could look into cutting back. If things start to get really bad, he should apply for SS Disability. When I was diagnosed with hep C in '93, shortly thereafter I made a decision to only work part-time, as full time hours were extremely tiring to me. I couldn't imagine continuing to work F/T until retirement. As it was, my hip replacements and complications requiring revisions gave me reason to apply for disability...which I was awarded two years later--right after being diagnosed with liver cancer. So things have a way of working out.
Emma, here's the link to the main page of SS. You can read about Disability and Medicare there:
Your DH has a point. I know you are overwhelmed with all you have learned and all that you fear. You are probably suffering with information overload. You’ll need to pace yourself and take care not to burn yourself out.
Give your DH a little space and some time to wrap his mind around this. He needs time to get to know his enemy and understand his boundaries. He needs to strategize because he has a battle ahead of him. He is a man holding fast to his dignity. Understand that he is your husband first and doesn’t want to be your patient.
Don’t get me wrong, your heart is in the right place. There will come a time when you will need to take up his fight and do for him what he is unable to do for himself. Try to be patient with him. So long as he is not encephalitic and a danger to himself, let him test his limits.
ML, I agree that Emma's hubby does have time. Re: The SS Disability turndowns, that's par for the course. It took me 2 years to be approved. I couldn't have made it financially without help from my aunt. The good news is that because it took me so long for approval, I immediately got Medicare. at the time I was approved.
Emma and ML, you have no idea how much I am pulling for your guys and hoping and praying that they stay sober! It is the single best thing they can do for their health. As a sober alcoholic, it means a lot to me to see alkies stay sober. I was so gratified to watch our member Timeless/Rick stop drinking and go from being on a transplant list to being taken off and living a normal life.
Your guys have a fighting chance if they stay sober--especially Emma's hubby, since he doesn't have hep C.