I have been reading the posts and decided I will post my own experience; and perhaps some of you can tell me what lies ahead.
My mother is 88.5 years old. My mother was asymptomatic for the most part of her life. Her LFTs were slight elevated and she was overweight; so fatty liver was the cause. Until one day it was something esle.
She has known that she has HepC for the last 12 years – it was discovered when a Dr. poked herself with a needle that she had used on my mother. My mother was tested fr HVC and HIV. The test came back HVC positive.
Where did she contacted it? She probably contracted the disease in Europe in her younger days when they sterilized the inoculation needles with a flame. Thankfully, neither me, my dad (her husband) nor my brother have it.
My mother would walk a half hour on the treadmill each day and go out with my dad in the afternoons to the mall. Starting in the Spring of last year she started to slow down – no walking or going out. At this time, she mainly sleeps on the couch or sits and watches TV, but she nods off.
She had a bout of ascites and edema in January 2011 where she went from 165 lbs to 180 lbs. An increase in her Aldactone to 100mg a day solved that problem. Her weight is down to 148 lbs, and although she still has ascites, it’s not as bad.
A nurse comes by once a week to visit her. Today the nurse commented that she is looking worse than the last time. Her skin has a grey/brown tinge to it – no yellow eyes. The nurse is concerned that with all the sleeping and the way things are going that my mom may die soon.
My mother never drank alcohol and never at out at restaurants. I figure that these two things are what kept her alive for this long. Her internist told me years ago that he believed that if she made it to her 90s that her liver would give out.
Our family Dr. who is fantastic is away with his own problems – hip replacement. The nurse wants us to talk to the locum to find out what we want to do with my mother – DNR, hospice, or stay at home.
I do not know what to do. If there conditions that she is suffering form – high ammonia, edema, I say to treat those. I do not know if my mom is suffering any depression on top of all of this – if so perhaps some anti-depressant meds would help.