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Hi. My ex is currently in hospital very poorly. Waiting for results to come back for the exact amount of damage. Yesterday we were told his ammonia levels are double what they should be which is affecting his brain. He is declining very quickly. He has been a heavy drinker for over 20 years but an alcoholic for the last 2 years. He seemed to go yellow overnight, can't tolerate food or alcohol and hates the taste. Was told he could not just stop drinking as too dangerous. He has been in hospital since Thursday and declined every day since. His speech is slurred and he is very confused. He is very anaemic too. Our kids are falling apart as the realisation is kicking in. The consultant said it's not looking good. We were together for 15 years and are now the best of friends. I feel incredibly sad as I just can't see him pulling through this. He is on around 25 tablets a day, he is also sedated as the pain from his liver is unbearable and they cannot give too much pain medication due to his liver damage. We should know more today but I need to prepare my kids for the worst. Anyone been through similar?

Thank you


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Hi Julie. My heart goes out to you & your family. I was in the same position last year with my partner except he was just a heavy social drinker & stopped drinking as soon as he was diagnosed with cirrhosis . He got extremely ill but was very fortunate indeed to have a transplant in July. Giving up drinking altogether is the only answer but I know that's easier said than done if you rely on alcohol.

Wishing you all the best.xx


How awful for you and the kids; i have yet to be where you are; but its a distinct possibility at some stage; its something i absolutely dread. I do hope he may have a chance of getting through this. Best wishes. xx


Hi Julie; first of all I am so very sorry to hear about your husband and also how this is affecting you and the family. You don't need me to tell you the possibility of what may happen. It's so very very difficult to just stop drinking and also dangerous without supervision. I hope that some help will fall your way very soon. 🤞

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