Hi Doug and welcome to HW!! My husband had ESLD and hepc, he was too sick to treat when it was discovered. He recently recieved his Precious gift of life on March 16th. He is doing well and came home from the hospital today. Just hang in there and your time will come!!!
I have learned so much from this forum, and the alcohol abuse I have no tolerance for either. The site did help me manage my husbands disease, I am also a member to another message board with more of the sick ones than the spouses. I can give you the site address just e-mail me. I did test positive for the virus in January, the viral load came back undetectable, I was one of the lucky ones, that kicked the disease on my own. I still have more testing to be done in August. My husband definitely went through severe ascites and did not respond to diuretics, he ended up having to have a TIPS for that reason. Thankfully, his varices were not bad, no banding. He is currently taking 18 medication, he will come off at least 6-8 of them within 3 months. My husband has felt just about an instant difference in the way he felt, his skin color in less than 24 hours was so much better too! I wish you the very best in your wait and if you have any questions, my husband or my self would be very happy to talk to you!! Just e-mail me if you like.