I had a nice long talk with the doctor yesterday. He said the panel is anything but optimistic. He needs a new liver and he's just not a candidate. I asked him about
cirrhosis again, and he said his liver is 3 times the size it should be which is hepatitis and over the past 4 weeks, there has been no improvement, and the toxins in his system are beginning to take their toll on his body, muscle waste, and other levels beginning to be affected. His coagulation is about
the only thing that has improved. While there are tests to determine varices (which the doctor is certain he has) and cirrhosis, they don't think he would survive the sedation to test let alone the procedure to help, so it is pointless. The doctor does not believe he will need dialysis...I'm not sure what this means....whether something worse will happen first or what. They've got him back on IV fluids again but allowing him to drink very little now, so he's dying of thirst...i brought him some hard candy to help him form some saliva. I know he wasn't able to hold his lunch down yesterday...and this is due to his pancreas acting up again, which had been maintaining good levels up until this point. He's having a hard time eating even though he knows how important it is....i know some of it's because it's painful for him to eat that and almost everything is unappetizing. The doctor also said he's known patients to be hospitalized 4 weeks to 4 months for this, but things aren't looking good. For all the time my husband has been in the hospital in the past and they've treated him, the liver has responded, and this may be the time, where the liver has finally decided it just can't anymore. They're taking blood around the clock now rather than just once a day....the doctor said the levels are all over the place and are changing constantly. He promised to send me a lab results sheet each day so I have something to compare too.
I didn't see a whole lot of confusion yesterday, just miserable and weak. If he could, I think he just wants to sleep, but can't until it's time for his drugs. So, i guess the fact that his blood is coagulating and he's not showing signs of encephalopathy is a good sign along with his not being asleep all the time.
I did ask the doctor if there was any chance his heart would just stop, and he said, no, but he could come up with at least a dozen other things that might happen, one being bleeding out, which with his blood clotting better now rules out..I didn't ask him to list the rest....but now i'm wondering....
I only went for a very brief visit last night. I was completely wasted. Went home and slept for 12 hours. I think I really needed it. Today's another day.
Post Edited (bessylu) : 6/27/2009 12:12:56 PM (GMT-6)