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Old 07-16-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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My friend has had a lifelong battle with alcohol, having developed medical problems 5 years ago that include ascites, edema, occasional bouts with encephapathy, diabetes, neuropathy, anemia, malnutrition, wasting muscle mass, etc. In the course of the past year she has been told that she was in liver failure but not only did she continue to drink but that has actually escalated. She is nothing but skin and bones. Recently she was taken to the hospital with jaundice, ascites, and severe mental confusion and disorientation. I was told that she would not make it and that her levels were all critical. She did however pull thru this...she is being discharged to a nursing home for physical rehab. My question is what should I expect now? They felt her liver was shutting down at the time of hospitalization so deem her as terminal. Is that the case... is it just a matter of weeks or months? Is there any chance for survival beyond that? She is not a candidate for transplant as she was drinking as recently as last week. Many of her symptoms have improved, the jaundice is subsiding, appetite a little improved, mental improvement but stomach still huge and speech and hand movements still very off as well as having to walk with a walker. Am not sure that I believe they are sending her to the nursing home just for rehab, I feel that they are not expecting her to live long. Has anyone out there experienced end stage alchoholism and end stage liver disease that can help me figure out where things really stand here? She is only 42 but has literally drank herself to deaths doorway....am so sad!!!

 
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