TIPS Procedure was a sucess!

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TDT
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   Posted 11/15/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, Thought I would let you know that Mark had the TIPS put in yesterday and so far it is sucessful! Within just hours after they did it I could see the edema in Marks legs improving and the ascites was going down too! They did tap him during the procedure, but there was a big difference in his stomach even after that! So far I have not noticed any increase confusion. He does seem to have a lot of pain right now, but I feel like it will pass. Just hope he can have some quality of life till he gets his new liver! Just keep him in your prayers!
 
Teresa

wheredidigo
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   Posted 11/16/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
great teresa:) glad the procedure went well for him! Hope there will be NO increased confusion! will be definately keeping you both in my prayers
trish
 
 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!" 


Shel
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   Posted 11/16/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Teresa, that is great news. I hope he continues to do well until he gets his liver transplant. I know there are a lot of risks involved with TIPS, but it looks like Mark can beat the odds. Both of of you will be in thoughts and prayers! Take care and if Mark is up to it, try to have a little fun like dinner and movie or something. It will make you both feel good.
*Hugs, Thoughts, and Prayers*
   *Shel in New Mexico, USA*
 


Barbara P
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   Posted 11/16/2006 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Wonderful Teresa,

I'm hopeful this will be the turning point for Mark. That he will remain stable until the call comes for the new liver. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Hugs,

Ma

 


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                          Hugs and Prayers
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TDT
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   Posted 11/16/2006 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Mark was discharged late this afternoon. He seems to have a jaundice look to him, he was itching too. I took a look at his lab values and his Bilirubins were definitely up! I guess I am use to seeing him with a more ash color. I will be mentioning this to the doc tomorrow. His MELD score was up too. The fluid is still there, but it has gone down a lot! I guess I will just be watching him like a hawk! Thanks for your support!

Hugs to All!!

Teresa


SisterMo
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm happy to hear that your husband got the TIPS and all seems well.  Hopefully, it will continue until a liver becomes available.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Marg57
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   Posted 11/25/2006 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news Teresa.
Hope Mark doesn't have to wait too long.
I'm so glad I logged on today. There seems so much good news around. Things seem to be going well for many of our members.

May everyone continue to have improved health.

As always, take care. you are all in my thoughts and prayers, even though I don't visit as often.

Marg
 


pamom2
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   Posted 11/27/2006 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I'm new here and I have a comment about the TIPS for Teresa. My husband had it done about a year ago and he lost over 100 pounds of fluid in less than 3 months.I hope this doesn't happen but, you do know all about the confusion, don't you? We weren't fully prepared when the drs. told us my husband might become a little(yeah,right) confused. I found him unconscious one morning and it scared me to death. To give all of you a little background on him, he was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis last year from alcohol abuse. Hopefully he's all done with testing and we go to talk to the transplant surgeon on Weds. to see if he's going to be put on the list. The doctor says something about his numbers being high making him critical. Does this mean that he has a faster chance of getting a liver? Any comments or answers would be greatly appreciated. I went through a kidney transplant 2 years ago and that helps us a little in knowing how the transplant process works but I know the liver is a lot more complicated. Thanks!

Marg57
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   Posted 11/30/2006 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't help with information about liver transplant myself pamom but I'm sure someone here will have some good advice for you.
Marg
 


TDT
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   Posted 11/30/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pamom, welcome to HW. It sounds like he is right around the corner for a transplant. I wish you the best with this and him getting listed ASAP! Mark isn't showing signs of confusion right now. He was admitted back into the hospital last Friday, because he had edema everywhere, worse than what it was. They are saying because his albummin is so low his body is unable to hold the fluid in the veins and since the TIPS is working and the liver is not shunting the fluid into the stomach it is going everywhere including the stomach. He also has a very high heart rate, ranging from 130-170, they are going to try to convert his heart rate by shocking him in the morning. Then they are also dealing with a low grade fever of unknown origin. I thought everything was going to be okay...but it is very trying right now. Oh yeah, once he is straighten out he will probaly lose quite a bit of fluid weight, I hope not 100 lbs. though.

Hugs and Prayers to all!

Teresa


pamom2
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   Posted 11/30/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replys. You always think you have it bad until you talk to others.Teresa,I am so sorry your husband is having so many problems. I know sometimes I want to walk out the door and not look back because I get so tired of being a caregiver. I have sisters to talk to and they always tell me what I'm feeling is natural but they don't really know what I go thru or what I feel deep down inside. I told my husband years ago(he's 54) to grow up and stop the drinking but he never listened to me. I would threaten, yell,cry, do just about anything to get thru to him and now I'm paying for his STUPID mistake! I know he is suffering,and afraid he is going to die but the real kicker here is he knows I lost my MOM at age 56 when I was 20 years old to cirrhosis(also from drinking). The other big issue I have is he just quit drinking.Just like that!!!! The doctor told him if he didn't quit he was going to die and so he quit. No AA, no counseling, nothing! He hasn't had a drink in almost 2 years.I don't know how to get over these feelings of anger I have towards him. I do love him with all my heart but I just want to look at him and tell him that he's a stupid a**hole, and me and my 2 boys (ages17&19) are the ones that are suffering.The transplant staff told me that this disease is devastating to a family but I didn't have any clue it would be like this. One more thing about your post, my husband needed to loose the weight because he was over 300 pounds.The bad thing about it was that it came off so fast he was constantly sick. Thanks all for listening! sad mad
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