Mother with Liver Disease

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Carls
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,
 
Like so many other people on here, my Mum has Liver Disease/Failure from years of alcoholism.
In short, i dont know where to start... I am 24 years of age and now care for my 5 year old sister (who was living with Mum until Welfare became involved and said my Mum couldnt care for her well enough). I find it so hard to speak to my Mum about anything because she just gets upset and abusive to me about 'taking her daughter away' and i dont want that to be the last phonecall i have with her so as harsh as it sounds, I try not to call her.
She was in hospital in early Aug and since then has refused any medication/tests and just wants to die. Her ascities has returned amongst other problems such as bleeding from a small wound on her head (not sure if she fell over). She is 5 hours away so i dont have much detail on what other symptoms she may be facing, i know she is very very thin, blood has trouble clotting, enlarged spleen, jaundice, very fatigued and seems to go through personality changes. The worst part is that she is still drinking too. The Doc said that if she continued to drink she would be looking at 3-6 months....
 
I see alot of other stories on here of other people going through similar things, so i thought i would share my story too :)
 
 

Post Edited (Carls) : 10/31/2007 8:45:22 PM (GMT-6)


Butterflythree
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   Posted 10/31/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carl, Welcome to the forum. You are doing a good thing taking care of your little sister. I am glad she has you, although you are so young to have such a responsibility. I had guardianship of my sister and brother when they were 13 and 15. My brother is your age now and expecting his first child. Getting custody of your sister is the best thing for her. With advanced cirrhosis comes many bad things. She may not be mentally there (encephalopathy)at all times especially if she is still drinking, and would make her unable to take care of a child let alone herself. It will also make her very moody and mean at times. The Doc's are right. The alcohol speeds up the process. I am so sorry that you and your family are going through this. My prayers will be with you.
Butterflythree
 
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 11/1/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Carl I am so sorry about your mom. But your sister is very lucky to have you look after her. Your mom is in no condition to as butterfly3 has told you. Whenever you need to talk, vent or ask questions we will be here to listen. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pink Grandma
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Carls
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   Posted 3/15/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Mum passed away early Tuesday morning. She is now a peace and no longer has to battle with her awful disease.
 
Carly

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 3/15/2008 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Carly

I know this time is difficult for you and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This horrid disease is now over for your mother and she is at peace and has no pain.

Lucy

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 3/15/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Carly, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I know it's going to be a very hard time to get through. Take care of you and your little sister at this time. Remember we are here when ever you need someone. Thoughts and prayers will be with you both.
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hep93
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   Posted 3/15/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Carly, you will need emotional support in caring for your sister. Thank goodness she has you, and we are always here for you, as well. Your mother has finally found the peace she sought.

Dansbrother, I had a NDE and didn't want to come back. It's so peaceful. This was over 3 decades ago, when I intentionally overdosed on drugs (and that's what got me off of them, landing in the hospital and a psych ward), but the NDE was so intense that I can recall the feeling to this day. It made a believer out of me, that's for sure. :)

Hugs to all,
Connie
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