Greetings. i have been visiting this website for awhile. I have gathered so much information from here, but I know I still have alot to learn. Knowledge is power. This website has helped to empower me. Allow me to introduce myself and my esld husband. I am a mid 40's wife with a just turned 60 husband. he has not been specifically diagnosed with esld, but the the symptoms are tell-tale. Today he wake up and thought it was September. We are currently under the care of a Neurologist and a Gastro Dr.
He is currently drinking. We have stopped twice, and were successful for a few weeks, then a business function, or someother reason, and here we go again. He won;t go into treatment. Our therapist calls him "thick". I have to agree. My sister calls him the smartest man she ever met. He built an empire, and we now live very comfortably. Currently we are on a beach and last month we were in arizona. but, after an ultrasound, many bloodtests, and egd scope, an mri, and a gluclose test, we are being told he has some elevated liver enzyme's. Obviously, they all say quite drinking. But he is the kinda guy that will go until he drops. I'm just hoping i will be strong enough to catch him...
so, i have been watching his sodium intake, but after days of below 2000mg of sodium, he looks at me and says, " I need a hot dog, make it 2 hot dogs with mustard and relish and onions." okeydokey...we can do that. we just need to watch.
then i just figured out that grapefruit is not a good thing...so we have been gorging on grapfruit since we got to florida a week ago...there goes that...fortunately he loves the watermelon and strawberries that florida has right now.
so we are taking neurotonin, spriolactone, prevacid, and benicar...our supplements are sam e, milk thistle, prenatal and osteo biflex.
he can bearly walk 10 ft. I am challenged with his neurotonin, as we were suppose to gradually increase the dosage, but we are currently at 1200 mg 3 times a day, and he still walks like the hunch back of notre dame.
His doctors all said the florida sun and warmth would do him good, and just keep him rested and fed. His apetite is strong.
so, here i am, looking for help...specifically with what is going on with his back...I am aware of the alcohol damage the happens to nerves, but is there more???
Can i test his ammonia levels at home??
any other thoughts, and help would be sincerley appreciate. TIA