My partner was diagnosed with alcohol-related decompensated cirrhosis in October 2017 after having been rushed to A&E, vomiting blood and not being able to breathe due to severe ascites. The emergency doctor was so concerned about his prognosis that she asked that I contact his daughters to come to the hospital urgently. He survived that initial admission and was discharged, still very weak and poorly.
He gave up drinking immediately, but was still suffering from ascites and severe muscle wastage, with no appetite due to the ascites, so it has been a very long road to try and build his strength up. He was not allowed to take Spironolactone, as his blood sodium was low, and had to return to hospital for drains every 4 weeks for several months, and developed an umbilical hernia from the fluid build-up. He had a follow-up with his liver consultant in February 2018, who was pleased with his progress, and pronounced that his liver was compensated again.
Cut to the end of March 2018 - the umbilical hernia became incarcerated and he needed emergency surgery, which, although successful, caused the liver to become decompensated again, and left him with a low-grade infection in the fluid in his belly.
After a final drain, things settled down again, with antibiotics to combat the infection, and slowly, his strength returned. At the beginning of 2018, he needed a wheelchair to get to his hospital appointments, and now he can walk miles.
He saw his consultant again last Monday, and in her words he is "in excellent health" and his liver has "complete recompensation". In the future, he will have 6-monthly ultrasounds and be seen annually in a nurse-led clinic.
I hope this gives a glimmer of hope to any of you who are just starting down the road of returning to better health after a grim diagnosis.