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Old 12-17-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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Question Another post about cirrhosis

Hello... this is my first post. I'm not quite sure what to do here, so please be patient with me.

I have been reading about cirrhosis, trying to learn everything I can. I've also read many of the posts on this forum before making my own. It seems like I probably will not get my question answered, but I would still like to post.

Knowing that nobody can tell me anything definite, is there any way that someone could provide me with an approximate timeframe that my father might have left? He has cirrhosis, was diagnosed earlier this year. He now has pneumonia as well. Does this make a difference in his prognosis? He has all of the symptoms that I've been reading about... the jaundice, the swelling of the legs (very big), exhaustion, sleeps all of the time, can barely walk anymore, etc.

I'm just trying to figure out a basic timeframe. I know that nobody can tell me anything set in stone, but I feel like I'm so in the dark and I just really want someone to tell me what to expect. Please. Thank you for reading.

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Old 12-18-2008, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: Another post about cirrhosis

sorry for what you are dealing with. unfortuently it IS a very very highly individual thing when it comes to a "timeframe" for this type of disease. so much depends upon overall condition,lab numbers and other things that only his doc would be able to gage.

just one thing here tho. the mere fact that your father actually has cirhosis doesn't actually mean a total death sentence,you know what i mean? there are alot of different procedures that can be done to lengthen the time it takes its toll on the liver and also there is transplant too. has possible transplant been discussed? there is two options for this depending upon just how much liver your father would need. the donated live donor where they remove a lobe of a donors(usually a family member) and place that in place of the diseased liver which will function as a normal liver. or waiting on that list for a cadaver liver to become availiable. we ended up starting out with my hubby going to donate to our son,but that went down after he was re Dxed with something even worse that just required the 'whole" liver. but we did get our miracle on june 7 2000.

i would suggest that you sit down and speak with your hubbys doc to really find out where he is at and what your options are at this point. that really is the only true way to know anyones overall status,the doc chat. this is just the person who actually has the answers to the questions you have. sorry i couldn';t help you more,but there are just sooo many different factors that play into this it really would be impossible to guess this for you,sorry. i do wish you luck with your dads condition. please keep me posted as to what you find out. Marcia

Old 12-18-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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Re: Another post about cirrhosis

Thank you for posting! I really appreciate it.

The thing is... he still drinks, very heavily. Multiple beers a day. And he smokes a lot, too. He will not stop. Ever. His condition is rapidly deteriorating and he does not want to help himself. So, the rest of us are just left to watch and wait. My mom and dad aren't open with me about what the doctor says, so I am very much left in the dark. I only know what I see, and what I see is NOT good. Not sure what I am supposed to be doing at this point. I just feel really lost. I hate not knowing what to expect, or when to expect it.

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