Catgirl, You've been through this before. He has liver disease and he is an alcoholic. Bad combination. If he were to stop drinking, remind me, does he have Hep C also?
Without Hep C, it is possible a clean and sober brother could have a chance at a fairly normal life. I think Ziff has posted on your topics before.
BUT, if he is not going to be clean and sober, it really doesn't make a lot of sense to do all kinds of testing...as there is no treatment bar transplantation for a decompensated liver. Once it is gone, it's gone. And they won't do a transplant on a person who is non compliant about
sobriety. They require 6 months sober with documentation from a treatment program.
Your brother needs to make a life or death decision. And he seems to be in a bad way.
I'm really sorry. This is not the news you hoped to hear. Not all alcoholics get cirrhosis, but those who do have a long sad slippery slope to the end.
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Partner received liver transplant May 1, 2011, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL
Post Edited (MamaLama) : 9/11/2012 3:01:29 PM (GMT-6)