Kriland, welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry that your b.f. started drinking again. When the doctor said, "No improvement" he should have added that he could still prevent a downward spiral if he would not touch alcohol. Rick has done just that...and ML's and HealthyNow's husbands are doing the same. The progression CAN be stopped if he does not drink and follows a healthful diet (low salt and no beef plus inclusion of fresh fruits and veggies and low-fat foods.)
I suggest you read the information in the folder stickied at the top of the page entitled Hepatitis Resources. It is not just about
viral hepatitis. It includes the stages of liver disease and addresses the question, "When will he/she die?" Also read some of the posts in the Caregivers Sharing thread, also sticked at the top of the page. You will learn a lot by reading those informative threads. Also feel free to post in the Caregivers thread, which is meant for venting and support.
I hope your husband decides he wants to live and fights to make that happen. However, if he continues to drink and shows no interest in stopping drinking, ask the doctor for a hospice referral. The nurses will come to the home and assure that he doesn't suffer, so he won't have to go to the hospital. Hospice usually gets involved when one has 6 mos. or less to live. If your husband continues to drink, he will likely fall within this time frame.
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