Connie & Pink Grandma,
Thank you for all your help. I would have gotten back with you sooner, but I had computer problems. My husband stopped drinking about a year ago. He is seeing a hepatologist and has been on the antiferon/ribovarin treatment a couple times. He was in remission for about 6 months several years ago and started drinking again. The virus returned. He was put on the treatment again but there was a big insurance mess up which caused him to skip several weeks of treatment and when he started back up he had severe side effects, which caused him to lose his job and insurance. We are presently waiting for the Union at his plant to get his job back.
His hepatologist has not mentioned anything about having CT scans everything 3 to 6 months. They do blood test every few months but never say much. Should we ask them about the CT scans?
Again, thank you so much for being here. It is so much help to me.
You are right, no one should have to see the ravages of disease but the fact is we are destined to lose our loved ones to something or other. What the other is I don't know. That is the one part of life I can actually say I hate. My heart breaks for all of us and I wish I had a magic cure of some kind. I have dedicated my life to attempting to heal the sick and now I find that I can't make my mom better. Worse yet I am a daughter first and a nurse second so I am not too objective right now. The truth is I feel sad that I can't "fix" my mom. The one thing I want to hang on to is my mother's philosophy on life. She is the perfect story book mother. She baked homemade bread twice a week, she attended all of our sports games, taught us how to cook and clean, but most of all she taught us how to love. She has always viewed life as one big adventure. Good-bad-and inbetween it is still all an adventure. That concept has helped me on many occasions when I didn't know how to feel or act. When I told myself that the event or occurance was an adventure I was able to muddle through it without too much anxiety. When I read some of the posts I started to cry. I realized very quickly that many people are suffering and I am certainly not the only one. Thanks for your kind words and prayers.