My dad is so sick with the cirrhossis

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 2/16/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad is going down hill fast from his cirrhossis from Hep C and drinking. He has encepolopathy and has a hard time staying awake. He is on meds for the fluid retention. He takes lactulose. He just seems like he is getting worse and he has no insurance and we are trying to get him on disibility but they say he won't be able to get medicaid until after 2 years of disibility because his disibility is to much and over qualifies him. I just don't know if he can make it for 2 more years. Is there anything I can do to get him some medical help and as sick as he can he make it for 2 more years. What qualifies someone for a liver transplant?  After the encepolopathy sets in how long does the average person live without the transplant? Please give me any advice, I have no idea what to do or how to help him :( He applied for the disibility 6 months ago and we are still waiting. Everyday that I talk to him he sounds terrible, week voic and falls asleep while talking and he just feels bad.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Jasjas, welcome to the forum.  I am sorry to hear that your dad is so sick. 

First of all, has he stopped drinking?  It's crucial that he stop all alcohol intake.  What type of disability has he applied for?  SSI or SSD?  SSI is for people who don't have enough work history to qualify for regular Social Security Disability.  People on SSI should get Medicaid immediately, unless he has too many assets.  If it's SSD that he applied for, he has to wait 2 yrs. from the time he applied to get Medicare.  Usually, when one applies for SSD, they will automatically evaluate for SSI and Medicaid, as well.

Is there a teaching hospital near your dad, or a clinic he could go to?  Those places will generally take people without insurance.

You asked about transplant.  Your dad would have to have documented sobriety in AA or alcohol counseling for 6 months before he would even be evaluated for a transplant.

Are you in the same city as your dad?

If you read some of the other posts, especially regarding alcoholic liver disease, as well as the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the page, you will find a lot of information.



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