I'm joining this in the hope of some support and advice for my beloved fiancé who has this month been diagnosed with cirrhosis, after years of ill health. He is 37. He has been alcoholic for 15 years, he didn't think he could cause this much damage as he 'only' ever drank 5% lager , seems he was very wrong! He has had repeated liver function tests come back fine so it has come as a shock. He has a history of electrolyte imbalances, which I guess could of been his liver all along. He hasn't drunk for two months and doesn't plan to ever drink again.
Yesterday we met the liver specialist, which was pretty horrendous. He was very stern, and told my fiancé he only has a 50% chance of being here next year. Are they that stern to frighten people into not drinking, or is he really at deaths door?? It's down to whether his liver can repair itself at all from what we could gather Apart from following a healthy diet, and being given various meds for symptoms, incl lactulose, he didn't really advise, we don't really know what else we can do? He has pretty bad ascites, and has been drained once, but seems to need it again. He can barely walk from swelling feet, and is exhausted. His appetite is nil, again I think from the fluid buildup. I know he needs to get positive to give himself a chance here, but how to be positive in this situation?
I would be very grateful for any advice , or just some hope here, we are both very scared and I just want to know of anything I can do to help him! Thanks, m