hi amy, it always hits home when somebody is so down in the dumps about
a parent who they know they are going to lose very shortly.
i lost my father last december of 06 with end stage liver failure, we didnt even know anything was wrong with his liver untill july of 06.
i got my father home a couple of times needless to say he was back in the hospital, within the 6 months that he suffered he was in and out at least 9 times thats not counting the trips to the ER.
towards the end of my fathers illness his ammonia levels were up and down even with the lastouse it wasnt even working any more. he sliped into a coma overnight in the hospital and was bleeding, thats when i said to the dr that enough is enough please just make him comfortable and let not poke on him anymore, the dr agreed so the hospital did they called hospice in at the last minute because we thought we could bring him home but he never made it. he passed with family at his bedside on december 18, 06 at 12:34 pm.
this is a horrible disease i kid you not you go through it almost like you have the disease, it takes everthing you have and more, i think i aged ten years over it because its hard to watch and be so helpless. it will be hard to take of him at home it takes a lot of work and if he cant move very well or get up and go to the bathroom then you will need a lot more than hospice, more family members to help.
what makes me angery is my father didnt even drink my father didnt touch a drop for 25 years and then he was never a drinker. we think it was from working in a chemical factory for 30 years, they had it down as unknown orgin. my thoughts are with you and your family we know what you are going through my prayers are there also. thats pretty much the way it happens everything stops working and they slip into a coma.
good luck amy you can just take it day by day.