You listen to Ziff. He has been there, been through withdrawal, coma, ascites, HE, the whole works. And came out of that alive and kicking. He has been doing well for years....went through transplant evaluation while facing sure death, and as time went by, symtoms eased some and they have him INACTIVE on his centers "list." WOW.
That is what I pray for your wife.
My partner, Mike, is the patient in our family. He had Hep C, Alcoholic Liver Disease AND Liver Cancer (Heptocellular Carcinoma).
I think that if he had not been a drinking man, he would still be "okay" and maybe like Ziff...waiting for TP.
But he drank heavily for a long time...no breaking up bars or DUIs, just daily beverages that did his already sickening liver TOTALLY IN.
The day he transferred from a regular GI to a Transplant Hepatologist his MELD Score (how they rank how sick you are and whether you get the next liver) was HIGHER than our center's average transplant score.
They wanted to keep him and get him the NEXT liver that matched.
BUT, they found out about
the drinking....he wasn's just a Hep C patient with cancer....he was ALD....and so the rules are 6 months documented sobriety, counseling/AA, and a letter from a psychiatrist that he was unlikely to relapse.. GASP.. He was all but a dead man. The docs gave him 3 months to live and he needed to stay alive 6 months and convince a shrink he was going to be OK all the while sure he would die any moment.
He took the meds, did his weekly ethanol blood test and never failed, went to AA 4plus times a week (toddled in barely conscious, but he went), and went to the psychiatrist.
It was really rough. He was 6 months sober 5 days before his transplant....he definitely got the NEXT liver once he was eligible. That UNOS is serious....no alcohol.
I wish your family well, some of the families who come here with these type stories find their loved one has taken it too far before getting help. Her general health will likely be an important factor. And likely she will need therapy to address the reasons she was addicted.
Very very sad.
Please come back, where are here to support you,
PS: I forgot to say, Mike will be 4 years post transplant on May 1st, and 4.5 years sober!!! A long haul.
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.
Post Edited (MamaLama) : 4/9/2015 8:17:06 PM (GMT-6)