After 6 weeks in the hospital, we are making arrangements for my father to go home with Hospice. He's taking with him Hep C, Cihrosis, ESLD, Pulminary Hypertension... etc.
Unfortunately my Dad's liver has not only killed itself, but also killed his chance at a liver transplant by ravaging the heart. So, the next phase begins.
I'm so grateful for the folks on this thread and the support I have recieved. Now that I am temporarily relocating to be the primary caregiver for my father, I'm just hoping to get some helpful tips from others who care/cared for patients at the end stage...
Yes, moderators, I am scouring the existing caregiver threads... =) hugs
Were there any non-medicinal comfort treatments specific to liver failure symptoms/complications that resonated well with your loved one? Someone on another thread mentioned Vitamin D3 for muscle cramps?
Did you find massages or lotion/oil rubdowns helpful? Especially for his poor little club feet... They look like they will explode at any moment!
At what point did you/do you think you just let your loved one have all the comfort foods you know they love? My Dad's favorite food is spaghetti - with his homemade sauce - packed with sodium... I wouldn't want him to miss that meal!
Any links and/or cook books collected with easy low-sodium recipes?
Thanks so much for any replies to these questions or any different ideas on commonly seen problems/remedies.
Hugs to all in the new year....