Good Morning JD
ALD is tricky.
Healing after the alcoholic becomes sober -- forever -- is individual
We have members who have died sober because their livers were too damaged to heal
We have bees who caught their disease in time, who slowly have returned to something similar to a normal life. Some have returned to work, others have not.
This is why hubby needs to see a hep or GI doc. Then he (you both) will know better his next steps.
ALD causes liver fibrosis. Those sections cannot regenerate healthy cells. Normal liver tissue can regenerate. So which is it for your hubby? 50% fibrosis, 20%, 99%? Only the testing will show the story.
Those with advanced fibrosis have no chance bar transplant!
One wonders whether he has actually finally and forever, decided to quit drinking.
My Mike quit when he had a Hep C treatment in 2003. He stayed sober a year. But when he started feeling better he would ask his doc, can I have a glass of champagne at my daughter's wedding? And he pushed for an answer. What he heard was ....sure a glass won't kill you. But those with ALD don't EVER have a glass. Within a year he was drinking daily. And too much, of course.
He got 5 years reprieve...and then almost died. He is sober 2.5 years now and I feel he is a sober alcoholic now.
When he had his liver biopsy in 2003 they said he could go 15 more years with the status of his liver then, IF he didn't start drinking again. So 15 with no drinking, 5 years WITH drinking. And then he faced death head on.
Now post transplant, he isn't his old self. He is alive and doing some stuff. Not much for a 63 year old man.
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Partner received liver transplant May 1, 2011, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL
Post Edited (MamaLama) : 5/26/2013 10:03:17 AM (GMT-6)