It has been a little while since I have been on this site. Thanks for the concern. While I cant change what is going on, I like to share information and it makes me feel better talking about it! By helping just one person would be great!
As for his early sysmptoms: stomach problems, bleeding, fatigue, yellow eyes/skin, eye infections/boils. The doctor warned him this could be hepatitis and alcohol related.
Mid symptoms: (he continued to drink) strange sleep pattern/up all night and sleep during the day, more infections, confusion, skin infection (was hospitalized) and some bloating. Doctor confirmed related to drinking and had a biopsy done. Confirmed quite sick. I think at this point, my brother was seriously depressed but was told to simply quit drinking. (I wonder if he should have been assessed for depression/I would be depressed!)
End-stage (still drinks!)- acites (this is crazy swelling/have never seen anything like it), slurred speech, malnurished, fatigue, weight loss/except for belly swelling, strange odor, personality changes, sores on tongue.He now has the fluid removed everyother week---12 liters.
His specialist explained that if he doesnt quit drinking (which he hasn't) it is going to be much worse... and to expect this. My mom and I have had to have him go to our atty to become power of atty for when this happens. His doctor said that he will become "very difficult" (even more than he is!!
) and will need 24 hour care/nursing care. He said some people get violent! Scary! We had a guy in the town I live in kill his mom for pain meds because he was so sick with end-stage liver cancer....)
This whole situation has been an eye opener. I am 35 and like most people drink alcohol. Now I am much more careful and I have realized that this can happen to anyone. I have had long discussions with his specialist about this. Dr Webster says that most people when faced with death, do quit drinking. My brother's addiction to alcohol has proved too strong. He says he wants to quit but cant. I dont see where he has tried very hard...still hangs with the same friends, goes to bars/restaurants and is very stubborn. I wish I could do more for my brother because we love him so much.
Let me know if you have any more questions!