Bea, anything you don't understand, just ask. Here are a few terms you may not be familiar with:
ascites - fluid in the abdomen, causing the belly to swell.
esophageal varices - Portal hypertension in the portal vein of the liver causes this. Pressure builds up and causes enlarged veins in the esophagus which can rupture and cause a person to bleed out. These varices are usually banded to prevent rupture.
TIPS procedure - Transjugular intrahepatic portal stent. This is done to relieve ascites.
edema - swelling of the lower extremities
HE - Hepatic encephalopathy. What you described about your husband being nasty to people and confused. This is caused by the buildup of ammonia in the brain.
Also check out the Medical Terms thread for correct spellings of medical words and some meds.
As a sober alcoholic myself, it distresses me that your husband will not at least try to get sober. If he thinks he's going to have an easy death, he's very mistaken. This is so unfair to you, too, but you chose to stay with him.
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