My brother,45, went to the hospital because his arm was not healing. Doctors immediatley knew something was wrong because he was almost orange in color. They told him he had cirrohosis and had to stop drinking immediatley, and that was why his arm wasn't healing.
He went home and stopped drinking cold turkey. He has been an alcoholic for over 20 years. Over the next three days, he began hallucienating, apparently took 12 oxycontin in a twenty four hour period, and had to be taken to the emergency room.
He has been in the hospital now for two weeks. He was also diagnosed with hep C. He cannot communicate. Sometimes he tries to talk but has trouble speaking. Everything he does is in slow motion. We gave him a pen and paper because he is trying to tell us something so badly, but he could barely grasp a pen and he couldn't write anything.
Is his brain foggy because of ammonia in his system. I asked the nurse if he couldn't speak because of medication they are giving him, and she said she feels that it is because of the alcohol withdrawal.
Has anyone experienced such a long detox process. Is this the end stages of cirrohosis? Has anyone known of a person having brain damage after detoxing?
Thanks for your help.