Originally Posted by lolascoutmaster
My mother (age 58) was recently diagnosed with decompensated liver cirrhosis due to Hep C. She was declining in health over the past year and only recently consented to go to a doctor. She had not been to a doctor in the past 20 years because she is into natural/herbal health and has always been in general good health. The doctors say the only way she will get better is with a liver transplant. She is not taking what her liver specialist says seriously and is not taking her meds correctly and is pretty much opposed to getting a transplant because she thinks her liver will get better through nutrition and a good diet. She gained 25 lbs in the past 3 weeks due to ascites and has undergone 1 endoscope procedure due to esophageal varices. She recently went to a naturopath/chiropractor and is convinced that he can get her liver back to normal. My family and I beside ourselves with worry because she is not listening to her liver specialist and she may be in denial. I would love to be to able to talk to someone who has went through this. I don't know how to convince/handel her. Thanks so much for just listening.
I have been living with my husband with cirrhosis, for over 5 years now. He continues to be in denial, but does take his medicine, only because I threaten to leave him, if he doesn't. His ammonia levels have been his biggest problem, and, because his levels got so high a couple times, he had hepatic encephalopothy, and , as a result, has lost much of his short term memory. It is a challange each and every day, and, a constant battle to get him to do what has to be done. He continues to be in denial about having cirrhosis, and complains that he can't have more red meat in his diet. As yet, he hasn't had ascites or varices. His gastro-intestinal MD tells him that I am the reason that he is still alive today. The Dr. told me 4 years ago, that he wouldn't be alive by the end of next year. I have suffered from health problems, because of the demands required of me in regard to my husband and his cirrhosis, so I can understand how frustrated you and your family must be. There is no magic solution that I can give you. Love your mother, in the time you have left with her, and, allow her to live her life, her way, even though you don't agree. It is her life. I'll keep you and yours in my prayers. God Bless. Peggy