I spend much of my time on the lyme disease board but noticed this board and had some questions...Not sure if I am in the right place to ask them but I will give it a shot..
My father now 68 has been a chronic alcoholic all my life. He was a functioning alcoholic but not anymore.
He has declined over the last 5 years. He refuses to see a doctor but the dizziness and now leg weakness has overtaken so badly he cannot leave the house. He now drinks about a bottle of whiskey a day plus his beer... His wife recently told me that he is urinating blackish substances. He has sores that appear on his feet and he just won't heal. He is suffering some type of dimetia he kind of comes in an out of it...and the last 6 months I have really lost my dad. It is hard as I am in the US and he is in the UK. He cannot focus on anything or listen anymore and the once intelligent man is now just a shell. He refuses treatment. I went over to the UK 3 yrs ago and had him in the hospital as he kept falling he detoxed so badly even with the drugs he was given that he had siezures and he ended up leaving (sneaking out of the hospital and going to the pub!) after they took his cigarettes away from him after he tried to light one up in the hospital ward! He will never go back.....I am very ill with chronic lyme disease and also recently diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that has to be addressed. I am scared something will happen when I am like this and it is almost impossible for me to leave the US as I am on IV antibiotics and due to have radiation on the tumor this year.....
My question is this.... How long can I expect him to be around from this point? I am sure when you are urinating black and barely able to have your legs hold you up it cannot be good.....any thoughts???? He barely eats anything and is actually becoming quite violent. If we put him in the hospital by force it would kill him for sure and even with all his afflictions he is still a cantankerous old man....
Thanks guys, I know that some might feel all his issues are self inflicted but it is a terrible sickness....For all the people involved with him over the years. I certainly have plenty of baggage that I store from life as a daughter of an alcoholic. I have forgiven the hell he put us through all these years and just pity him now..