I wrote previously about my fiancés new diognosis of cirrhosis and got lots of kind words and advice. Here is an update, unfortunately while I was abroad with work last week, my fiancé suffered his first varice (?) bleed. His cousin was staying with him so he wouldn't be alone, so was was able to call an ambulance. However it was pretty bad, he was operated on that evening but fell very ill, they considered turning off support three days later but a new consultant saw him and declared he was up for getting him through it, that he believed he wasn't unsalvageable. He had a meeting with the family, plus my brother and they put a good case forward for what a fighter he is. I arrived the next day and had a meeting with the consultant, who was fantastic, and genuinely interested in his personality, how long he's been getting ill, do I think he wants to live, what our home life is like. At the end of this he said based on what he's heard from us all, he is going to personally take charge of his care, with a team looking after him, and get him better ( as he can be, obviously) provided he shows fight. which today he finally did, coming round, breathing on his own, trying to swing a punch at the male nurse, and demanding ribena! ( he's a little confused from a week under!)
BUT this is a different hospital he was taken to, by pure chance as the other was overstretched that night, to the one where we met the previous consultant, the one who seemed pretty heartless and to my mind seemed to dislike my fiancé on sight. That guy is the only liver specialist at that hospital, whereas in the new one they have a whole department.
I sincerely believe, had he been taken back to the original hospital, that they would of let him go, as a lost cause. I am over the moon with the care and compassion he has recieved so far. Sorry for the essay! But I think it shows no two hospitals are the same, if you are not happy with your care, ask to be referred elsewhere ( I'm no expert on how it all works mind!)