Welcome to the forum! I am my husbands care taker, he has end stage cirrhosis. We are in the process of trying to get on the list for a transplant. You asked about
the paracentesis how long can they do it before it becomes perilous to his health. My husband has extreme ascites and they take any where from 6 liters - over 8 liters every 2 weeks, it may be slowing down now. But the answer is, it will always be perilous to his health because he is at high risk for infection every time they do it. My husband takes a antibiotic every week as preventative maintenance. As long as your son continues to drink any alcohol, he will not improve. The sodium is also a big issue. Lerie is so right you do need to take care of yourself and take a break! As long as he continues the destructive behavior, you and your daughter-inlaw cannot help him, until he is ready to himself. Is he driving a vehicle to get his alcohol? If he is, the vehicle needs to be taken away. His coordination is bound to be off and he probaly cannot concentrate very well. I do know the fear you are having when you look at him, my husband looks very mal-nourished and his muscle mass is diminishing before my eyes. My husband has had a hard time stabilizing the encepalopathy. I had to find acceptance, of the reality that I could lose my husband. By finding acceptance, I am able to make better decisions. Finding acceptance is a lot easier said then done. I have to hurt, I have to cry, and I have to pray for it!!! I am not giving up on saving my husband! I am going to fight this to the end, just as Mark is!!! I wish I could give you more comfort. I will be praying for you, your son and your daughter-inlaw. Bless you and please know that you are not alone! PRAYERS and HUGS!!!
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