Hi I'm a first time poster but I've been stalking this wonderful site for a wee while. So a big hello to everybody. I've not really posted on a forum before so here goes...
I need advice. I'm currently caring for my brother, whom I love dearly. He has a whole list of alcohol related issues cirrhosis, epilepsy, liver failure, varices and on top of that liver cancer. He's had a few hospitalisations for HE and I've just admitted him again after a fall. He's 61years old and probably drunk for 40 of those and his live in partner is currently in rehab drying out.
I know he doesn't drink enough fluids and I just can't get him to drink. He doesn't drink alcohol anymore and is really good at taking his medications and eating small amounts frequently. He sleeps a lot and has mobility issues.
My question(s) are what can I do to get more fluids into him? Are the HE episodes going to increase as he nears the end (we know he's terminally and it's openly talked about). I think he's a stage 2 - 3 on the scale. I love the NHS but I feel I've not been given an answer that clarifies it. What are the signs? Is there a 'normal' course that HE takes?
I hope the above makes sense any advice would be grateful received and thank you in advance.