I am sorry that you are going through this, I know how difficult it is.
My partner was diagnoses back in July and suffered through the ascites and all until he had his TIPS procedure in December.
It mad a world of a difference to both of us.
These fine folks here in the Forum, particularly Connie, Pink Grandma, and especially Ric / Timeless have been amazingly positive and helpful ... truly lifesavers.
They helped us to choose quality of life over quantity, and my partner & I have spent as much time as possible enjoying life.
There was a time that he would not allow himself to be seen by anyone, and hid his neck behind a scarf and his body behind nylon gym suits and a coat.
He was going for paracentesis every 5 days or so andhad a girth of 44". he is now 33" and feels great.
Now, he has a "normal" looking body (no 6 pack abs there either) and he's active again.
He knows that things may change any day, so we appreciate life for the moment .... after all, anything can happen to any one of us all.
Please discuss the TIPS with your doctors and consider it.
Also, for the dryness and itching, there is a product named "Bag Balm" which offers amazing benefits.
Please stay with this Forum, there are many fine people here.