Hello everyone, I hope everyone is doing good under each of your circumstances. It's been several months since I've been to the forum. My husband Robert was diagnosed with ESLD/Cirrhosis almost two years ago due to alcoholism. When he first became sick in December 2005, he was admitted into ICU with upper GI bleeding (varices) and lower GI bleeding, extemely high amonia levels, jaundice, ascites, and couldn't even function on his own. Now almost two years later, I'm thankful that there is light at the end of the long and dark tunnel. First, I proud to say that Robert has been sober going on 1 year and 10 months. He completed A.A. and counseling which really was to his benefit even though in the beginning, he wasn't happy about
it. But he made up his mind that he was going to take care of himself and not return to the awful lifestyle that he was living. He cares about
his health and quality of life. I've seen a lot of changes in him over the last two years. From hitting rock bottom to rising to the top. Robert is a much better person. He was always a wonderful person but when he was drinking, he was not himself as I'm sure most of you know what it is to live with an alcoholic. He is patient, more loving, more kind, more compassionate, more helpful, the most I've ever seen in the 10 years that we have been together. Most of all, he's been a terrifc father and is able to see and be around our 8 year old daughter growing and being involved in her life. He continues to have hospital stays with bleeding varices, sugar diabetes and a pancreatic problems, all of which is being managed as well as can be expected with meds and doctor visits. He is on the liver transplant waiting list through Mayo Clinic in AZ. Infact, we're headed for an appointment November 7-9 for some routine testing and screenings. The docs say that Robert is really in good shape for all that he has endured over the last two years. He has other problems such as Thyroid, Sugar Diabetes, Pancreas Damage and a Heart Murmur, most of which the doc says is a result of the ESLD/cirrhosis. But it's up to Robert to take care of himself the best he can, and he does. I work full-time, full-time Mom and his caregiver, even though we have been through so much, I wouldn't have it no other way. We have been through the worst of the worst from almost death to financial worries and we have pulled through with the grace of god and many prayers. Even though Robert is not working, he collects his pension and social security, which is a great help towards our household. He keeps active around the house the best he can, he takes and picks up our daughter from school everyday, runs errands and loves to cook, so he helps me with all of these things while I'm working. I would have never seen this out of him two years ago. I feel so lucky and blessed to have a wonderful husband and wonderful family support. I just want to let you folks know out there, that are going through some really tough times with your illness or are a caregiver to someone with an illness, be strong, keep your faith, believe in prayer, because I believe that "God" will help us through and help get us through our most difficult times in our lives. Most of all, believe in yourselves, because you're the only one who can make great things happen for yourself. If your a caregiver, never give up and put all your heart and soul into it because it will all be worth it in the end to know that you have helped someone through a difficult time in their life. Take care everyone, I'll continue to read and post when I can. I'll keep everyone on this forum in my thoughts and prayers.
*Hugs, Thoughts, and Prayers*
*Shel in New Mexico, USA*