Originally Posted by mamaverdi
That is so sad.
Are they able to do a partial liver transplant from a living donor?
They haven't discussed those options with her yet, although that was the first thing my brother and I thought of. If that would be an option and we one of us were a match we would do it in a heartbeat. Another big problem is that my mother has no insurance but her and my stepfather make "too much money" to qualify for public aid. As a result of this the hospital and doctors have been treating her like crap and a lot of the specialists she needs refuse to get involved "because she's poor" (those are the actual words of my mom's GP, who is the only doctor nice to her and working his butt off to find someone to help her).
She has really bad ascites (fluid build up in the abdomen) with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (infection of the ascitic fluid), both of which are symptoms of the advanced stage of cirrhosis. Currently, the doctors are focused on clearing up the SBP and reducing her ascites and edema. She is on a very restricted diet (salt-free, moderate protein, etc), she can't have acetimenophen and many other medications and obviously she has to abstain from alcohol completely for the rest of her life.
She is in a lot of pain from the infection and for awhile she could hardly walk. It is starting to get better, though. The kids and I have been with her everyday. I go over to help her out and her grandkids lift her spirits.
I just feel so horrible. On the 16th my mother and I experienced such a wonderful event together (she caught my DD at my UC) and 2 days afterward her health started to rapidly decline. Up until that day she had been nearly asymptomatic (other than easily bruising, which she attributed to anemia).
According to her doctor, she's had cirrhosis for nearly ten years and just suddenly started showing symptoms. The day my DD was born my mom was perfectly fine!