My sister, who is 31, has been an alcoholic for nearly 10 years, and for 5 of those years has drunk at least a bottle of vodka a day.
In the past 11 months things have badly deteriorated, she has been hospitalised 7 times, the longest for three weeks and is currently in hospital. She has been diagnosed with pancreatitis,hepatitis,early cirrosis , alcoholic liver disease and a stomach ulcer. Each hospital visit gets more serious. My other sister and I managed to get her to go to hospital this Monday because of severe jaundice, confusion, abdominal pain, vomiting and her stomach was very swollen, she has now been scanned for portal hypertension and they are also worried about her kidneys, and think she may have weakened her heart so are scanning that too. she is on a drip and antibiotics and is much weaker this time.
She is very underweight and is severely malnutrioned as she refuses to even take the vitamins and supplements the doctors give her upon discharge. she rarely eats at home and never goes to bed, she no longer takes care of herself, not even washing herselfshe has also lost a lot of bladder control, her house is in a terrible state. my family and I try to help her as much as possible taking food to her and doing housework but my parents are in their seventies and my both my sister and I have famililes of our own to take care of too. we beg her to come and stop with one of us when she leaves hospital but she refuses and goes home, straight to the bottle, she has even said she is happy to die so she can drink. we have tried everything to help her but she refuses all help. Alcohol has destroyed my sisters life and brought so much misery and suffering to all the family, I have watched my parents go through hell, literally worrying themselves sick, I constantly worry something will happen to them too, they are too old to take much more. It hurts so much to think of the person I once knew to what she has become now, I feel she hasnt got much longer left, her body cant take the abuse anymore, and I feel so guilty there should be something i can do, how could this have happened to my sister, I no longer know what to do to try and help, but just watching her self destruct is terrible. I'm sorry if this post has gone on forever but I just needed to get it off my chest and this seemed a good place to do it.