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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 1/8/2017 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.
It's been a long time since I have posted. I do read posts from time to time.

Dougie had six month labs and ultra sound last week. Everything (almost) is in NORMAL range! Exception is platelets, at 133 (140 is low normal for our lab) and alkaline phosphatase, at 120 (high normal is 117 for our lab). Ultrasound stable.

Dougie has been doing very well, and the recent labs reflect that. I am thankful every day that he chooses to take care of himself and stay sober.

For forum members that are not familiar with our story, Dougie was diagnosed with cirrhosis due to alcoholism in September 2010. He was very very ill then, unable to feed himself, sleeping all the time or up in the middle of the night, frequent bloody noses that would not stop, gagging, jaundiced, ugh. It was awful. His doctor's advice was to stop drinking. He joined a program with our health care provider and over these years he has done well overall. He has had slips and a relapse in 2013...he struggled for a year after that. Since May 2014 he has been doing very well.

I am doing well too. Working a lot...that is mostly okay. Trying to find balance between work and home, always my struggle. I am still struggling with weight loss and I am determined to put myself and my health first this year! Still suffering from vertigo from time to time. Mostly just trying to go with the flow when that happens.

I will try to be back on and post a bit more when there are newcomers or questions about liver issues related to alcohol.

Wishing everyone health in 2017.

Big Hugs,

ppm guy
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 1/10/2017 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Emma,
nice to hear things are going well for the two of you. Congrats on Dougies latest labs. Your story is truly inspiring, and offers hope for those who are struggling.

your input with ALD, and liver disease in general could add a much needed dimension.
best wishes for continued good health

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 1/16/2017 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to see ya interested in pickin up slack. I'd say you unfortunately have more than enough of the same mixture PPM has. My interest have been lost in the forum. It's ample time we had fresher perspectives and just a slight kick in the pants from us old timers here, I applaud any effort you or Dougie can offer here. My daughter is back into the picture here after a 5 year hiatus of communication with me. Can't say I blame her. I am a testy, skeptical guy and she's had 28 years of hearing my snout. She got married. Seems settled in and has a hard workin guy who worships her every move. I worry still, It's been a rough road and she's seen alot as a direct result of my shenanigans. She is her fathers child, Somehow I suspect she'd found a way to experience her pain. I'm thankful it was through me and not addiction.
Dougie is a character. A bit too much like me. Hard headed but loves like theirs no tomorrow (His family (you). Be good to each other. Your patience speaks volumes in all our lives, Not many women can suffer what we dish out as alcoholics. I've worried about your metal and thought you weak or too lenient. Gladly proven WRONG once again. Stick in there and the Helicopters keep gettin better. Until my next scolding, Farewell my friends.

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