Dad with end stage liver disease

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   Posted 8/17/2011 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
So many questions.....and having a hard time not knowing what's next or how long he has. Here's a short list of incidences & symptoms he has shown since being diagnosed 6 weeks ago. 1-vomiting blood and severe swelling of the feet and abdomen so he was admitted to the hosital. 2-fell at hospital and was released to a rehab/nursing home for physical therapy so he could go home. 3-the swelling seemed to have gone down. 4-has since stopped socializing with the other patience and hardly leaves his room. Doesn't even turn his tv on. 5-barely eating. 6-obvious short term memory loss, but that changes every day. 7-has fallen 3 times in the last 2 days....head, arm and fingers damages. Ring finger doesn't seem to want to stop bleeding although it is a minor cut. Bleeding for 2 1/2 days. Each time they change him bandages it just starts to bleed again. 8-we finally got him to a liver specialist and was told his MELD score is 20 and basically he is just malnourished and needs to eat to regain his strength. Problem is "he's not hungry" Oh, and I can't forget to motion he has lost 30 pound in 30 days up there. Any way, I have asked and asked and no one can tell if I need to be planning a vacation or a funeral. How long can this cycle go one ????? Are we close to the end or is possible he could make a full recovery? It's a very rough time right now. Any similar situations to give us an idea on how much longer he has to live would be greatly appreciated.

Post Edited (3Kitties) : 8/17/2011 4:38:40 AM (GMT-6)

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