Posted 1/15/2016 1:27 PM (GMT -6)
In 2011 I came here many times for help. At the time I was taking care of my mother in law, who had fatty liver disease, which progressed to end stage liver disease. I was so lost, I walked into being her caregiver when I got engaged to my husband. It was very overwhelming and this site gave me a lot of great support and information. I came back for a long time after she passed, but life happened and I moved on I guess you can say.
To the present, my husband has been having sharp pains in his right upper quadrant and wasn't feeling great. He went to his pcp and they sent him for an ultrasound after looking at his blood work. Here is the concerns the dr saw.
Total protein -6.4 (not too low, but still off)
Albumin - 3.0
Ast - 53.0
Total Bilirubin - 2.4
We got a phone call yesterday from his nurse and I am freaking out, because I know what it can mean and I am sure it is what I think it is. (does that make sense!? lol) She said they are very concerned because his liver is small and in her words, "unfortunately there is ascites."
I am beyond scared! I am also angry because he has been told for a very long time he needed to be careful because of the fact his mom died from NASH and that it can be hereditary. It scared me enough being Anna's caregiver that I decided I would do everything in my power to never have to suffer like her or my kids watch me suffer like we did her. I lost 132lb and I am in the best health of my adult life and I just want him to try! He watched it so much longer than I did and I don't understand how he didn't want to change his future when he was told years ago he had fat on his liver.
I'm sorry I am venting, I am just scared, and I a, looking for words of advice and encouragement I guess. I can't talk to my friends or family because he doesn't want anyone to know until he gets seen by his new dr, which could still be a little while away. Anyways, thanks for reading and letting me vent.