Hello, Child4, and welcome to the forum. I'm sorry that your mom has liver disease, but I am sure you will find a lot of information and support here. Be sure to read the educational threads in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the page. Also some of the older posts.
Where is your mom listed for transplant? What center? It's good that she has gotten offers already, so she shouldn't have to wait too long. I assume she's already been through all the evaluations, etc. If you've done any reading here, you know to keep salt to an absolute minimum. Her getting up and about will definitely help manage both her circulation and the accumulation of fluid. However, if she is standing for too long, her feet and ankles could swell. It's always a balancing act. She should abstain from eating beef as it's the most difficult protein for a damaged liver to process. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be plentiful in her diet. It sounds as though she had fatty liver which progressed to NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and decompensated cirrhosis. In Dr. Palmer's Hepatitis & Liver Disease, she states that "Since people often gain weight after transplantation, all transplant recipients, but particularly those prone to NASH, must be especially diligent about maintaining a normal weight after liver transplantation."
If there's anything you'd like to know, feel free to ask. Someone can probably answer or point you in the right direction. Also, feel free to just vent. You have plenty of company here--more caregivers than patients.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 6/1/2009 2:24:17 PM (GMT-6)