Okay here's my story....looking for anyone who has been through this that can give me some info on what to expect: My husband is 2wks away from his 50th birthday and I'm afraid he may not see 51. He has been a drinker all his life but in the last 4 yrs has gotten progressively worse - to the point that he lost his job about
2 and a half years ago and has had 7 hospitalizations for detox during that time. Each time he's gone in it's been a little worse.
I've tried to get him into an inpatient facility but once he's feeling better he tells the doctor he will do AA and stop drinking. He has NEVER gone to AA and he stops drinking for a few weeks. He then starts to feel better and the drinking starts all over again and within a few months he's back in the hospital. It's such a vicious cycle.
Anyway - about
a week ago he went into the hospital again and this time the doctor told me he had mid to end stage cirrhosis of the liver, ascites, jaundice, enlarged spleen and pancreas and his kidneys were failing when he was admitted. He called it hepatorenal syndrome.
He told me in no uncertain terms he was dying and it was up to my husband as to how long he had.........if he didn't take care of himself and stop drinking, he could be dead within a month. After four days in the hospital, he checked himself out AMA and has been home on the couch slowly circling the drain and waiting to die in my opinion. He looks like an 80yr old man. He can barely walk, his skin is itchy, he's still jaundice, he's not sleeping well, can barely talk, and is only eating soup and gingerale.
He isn't drinking at this point, which is good, but I think it's only because he's too sick to drink. If he continues this way and doesn't get treatment from the doctor, what am I looking at for life expectancy for him?
I am angry, sad and also a little numb about
having to watch him to this to himself and seeing him deteriorate on a daily basis. Needless to say, I am working about
60hrs a week and have been since he lost his job to be able to survive and pay my bills alone so I'm not home with him all day.
I wonder every day if I will find him dead on that couch in the morning or at night when I come home from work.
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