Maggie and Carol - thank you for your prayers and supporting words. And thank you (again!) Connie - you are an amazing source of information and support. That is a good idea about
the Boost and Carnation Instant Breakfast. I agree with you about
the meds he is (and has been) taking. He went to his primary last week (his regular, not the doc involved in his liver issues) and all he did was up his Morphine ER to 60mg (1, twice/day) and his oxycodone 15mg IR to 1-2, every 6 hrs. (from 1 every 6 hrs.). He is also taking Valium 5mg, 3x/day. I swear sometimes I'm not sure if he is trying to help save his life or end it. Connie, I know you are not a doctor and I am not asking you for medical advice - just your educated opinion. His abdomen is seriously swollen, he is in constant pain, he is easily confused, forgets things even after 10 mins., he's sleeping far more than he is awake, and he is constantly talking in his sleep (I realize those are signs of H.E.). I think he needs to go back in the hospital NOW and have those ascites drained. And he is just waiting to go to his initial consult with the liver clinic (on 3/14). If you were me, would you just haul his rear to the E.R. now? I know this should be all about
him right now, but this is totally wearing me down and I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. I'm taking care of (and worrying nonstop about
) him, trying to find a new primary for myself (my pain levels are pretty much a steady 7-8 around the clock now), driving my older son to the bus stop at 6am every day, picking up my younger son from track practice 4 days/week, going to his meets every Thursday, taking care of our 5 cats, making sure my mom is taking care of herself, going to the store, washing clothes, doing research on liver cancer/transplantation, staying on my older son's butt so he'll graduate, playing referee between my sons so they don't kill each other, and blah, blah, blah.......! Man, where did all THAT come from?! A little random venting, I guess - sorry.
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