My dad (67) was diagnosed with cirrhosis in January 8, 2009. It wasn't until his 2nd visit in the hospital (about
a week later) that we were told it was Stage 4 cirrhosis, after going though a bunch of tests. He was released after they were able to get his ammonia levels in check and went home, but after 4 days he was back in the hospital due to severe dehydration which almost caused his kidneys to shut down. He spent about
a week in the hospital were my brothers and I would alter spending the night with him to help him with the bathroom. He has a folly catheder in him because he has an enlarged prostate as well. After this visit we were able to talk him and my mom in to putting him into a rehab place to build his strength up. He has spent the past four weeks there until this past Tuesday when he was readmitted into the hospital due to severe full body shaking, incoherent speech and biting his tongue.
He is still in the hospital and we just found out that he has a UTI, from the catheder, and that they said he was dehyrdated again, to the point his membranes in his skin were showing and were looking for any liquid they could. They have him back on IV's, banana bags, etc. to get his strength back up. He also suffers from encalopathy(spelling?) to the point he sees things all the time and makes up stories. He has no appettite at all.
We were told and have read this is a terrible disease, and that he will have good days and bad days, which can be very frustrating. How do you know when it is time to just let him go? Any suggestions on lost appetitate? tremors? etc?