Good morning, hopefully someone can help me out.
My Dad has recently been diagnosed with decompensated cirrhosis of the liver. He’s 70 years old and a lifelong drinker and smoker. He has all the symptoms of late stage alcoholic liver disease (Jaundice, ascites, loss of appetite etc) but also appears very tired and his concentration isn't great either. He can’t walk more than 25 meters or so and it’s getting harder to hold a conversation, he’s also eating almost nothing and the weight is dropping off quickly. These are all recent developments within the last month or so and very out of character. He looks very sick.
My questions are, assuming he stays away from alcohol
Is this condition likely to improve? If not, how long can he survive? Are we talking days or years? How can I get him to eat something? What’s the best way to care for him?
I’ve not got much help from hospital staff or doctors on this and I can see why they're reluctant to speculate as far as life expectancy goes. I imagine its highly personalized anyway but please be as blunt as possible. I know you guys aren’t doctors so anecdotal answers are welcome. I just want to know what to expect.
Thanks, in advance