Hello All....I haven't been on in a while. I hope everyone is doing well.
My mom has now completed all of her pre-transplant workup. We are officially just waiting for a liver now. There is one person on the list before her, so it should be fairly soon.
When we first found out about all of this around Thanksgiving, my mom was in relatively, or what seemed like, good health. That has changed pretty signifcantly the alst few weeks. She just completed her 4th paracentesis yesterday. 2 weeks ago they took 9 liters and yesterday they took 8.2 liters. It seems every time they do the paracentesis, her abdomen fills back up faster. Is this normal? She has been filling up with the ascitic fluid to the point where she can hardly walk from her kitchen to bedroom without being winded (due to shortness of breath from lung compression). Will the doctors at some point recommend a treatment other than paracentesis if she keeps filling up this fast?
Also, she has been on the lactulose, but she doesn't like it so she isn't taking as much as she should. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with this next part or not, but wanted y'alls opinions. Thursday while she was at work, just sitting at her desk literally doing nothing, she said the room started to spin and did not stop for a full five minutes. She was a bit clamy and had the dry heaves but no success in actually vomiting. Her work called an ambulance and sent her to the hospital. The doctors really didn't find much. However, her white blood cell count is a bit high. They did a cat scan and found nothing. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any ideas?
Last thing I wanted to ask is about blood type. My mom is AB-. Does this mean she can accept an A, B, or AB liver?
Thanks for your input. I hope everyone has been doing well!