You might want to read carefully Rangi post about
her mom, just down from yours. She describes in great detail her mothers last days.
Her case seems much like yours. She did not say her mother was an active alcoholic but I assume she was not.
The difference in the two cases, then, is that your Dad is an active alcoholic...which is very bad for liver disease.
In liver disease, when the body can not process wastes properly through the liver and on to the kidneys, those wastes stay in the body and become toxic to all systems...especially the brain and the kidneys.
Most have the symptoms you describe, but can go on like this for quite a while. My partner, Mike, was just so in the fall of 2010 and, at 61, he decided he wanted to live more than he wanted to drink alcohol and he stopped abruptly. He went to AA meetings and he got into a liver transplant program. Without the alcohol cessation, and the AA program, he would not have been eligible.
Many of the doctors are not too willing to give aggressive treatment to those who have not reformed, assuming the patient has made conscious decision to die of the disease.
I do not think your Dad has much time. But maybe some months or even a year. Though with the breathing problems he may have cardiac issues as well. Congestive heart failure or worse.
Maybe he doesn't want any more care. do you have hospice near you. Maybe see if they can help you figure out what his real status is,
This is so sad, and I am sorry you find yourself in this place. At some point, everyone will die...we just feel so helpless when it was senseless and could have been avoided or delayed by good health decisions.
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 6/10/2012 2:20:08 PM (GMT-6)