I know this forum is for hepatitis but I am hoping that someone can help me with what I am going through with my friend. I hesitate to call him my boyfriend since I am 54 and that just sounds strange. Anyway, we have been together for 3 years and he has been an alcoholic for 30. He has gone through treatment numerous times with little to no success.
He is in the hospital, again. He fell this morning and when I found him he had lost a lot of blood and was barely conscious. He has been diagnosed with ESLD but no one knows how it will progress. Obviously, if he stopped drinking it would help. He goes through withdrawal and then starts up a week or so later. He really tries not to drink but it seems the disease has won.
His blood doesn't clot well, his amonia levels were 90 today and his body temperature was dangerously low. He is very disoriented at times and has been diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy.
I have power of attorney over his health and it has been helpful in dealing with doctors. I am concerned about his ability to live on his own and I am not willing to live with him.
He is on lactulose, propanolol, thiamine, folic acid and ativan as needed. Any thoughts, support or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.