My dad was diagnosed with ALD 6 years ago, he was very poorly with tense ascites, weight loss, jaundice and confusion. He completely stopped drinking and after the 4 months of draining and lots of medication the last 5 years have been really good.
However out of the blue 1 month ago the ascites has returned. He is being drained every 10-14 days about 10 litres. He has lost about 2-3 stone in muscle and looks very ill. Sleeping a lot and slurring, he's also forgetting many things.
He lives alone with no family or friends (an unfortunate outcome of many years as an alchoholic) I am the only person in contact with him but I live 100 miles away.
I have spoken to the consultant who has told me one month ago his liver function etc looked fine but he has not seen anyone since. The doctor says he's not Ill enough to admit and the draining takes place in outpatients and he doesn't see a consultant.
He has an appointment next week but he doesn't want me there.
Does anyone have any idea what could have caused the return of the ascites? And what about prognosis?
I am so so worried and upset as no one seems to be communicating.
Sorry for the long post, but if anyone thinks this could be it I need to go there. (I have 3 small children and I am a teacher)
Thanks in advance!