Ok so now we know where we are, but thankfully it was not as bad as I was expecting it to be.
Hubby has been diagnosed with Decompensated Alcohol Related Cirrhosis and Ascites. Hubby has been told that if he does not stop drinking, then he probably only has about 2yrs, as the registrar said it is hard to know exactly, as everyone is so different. Hubby does not have liver cancer.
The Registrar is going to get his Alcohol Liaison Team to contact hubby tmrw to start him on his cut down to zero alcohol. The Registrar has told him that due to his alcohol consumption he should not go cold turkey and should cut down over the next 5 weeks or so. However he has said that the liaison team will be able to advise him more and help him.
Thankfully I was very well prepared with the info that I took with me and my list of questions. I asked about Hepatic Encephalopathy. The registrar said that he will ask hubbys dr to prescribe Lactulose and Rifaximin. The registrar also confirmed that hubby does not have Hemochromatosis. The registrar wants hubby to have another set of blood tests and depending on the results, he will prescribe hubby a diuretic to help with the Ascites.
The registrar went on to say that they will now see hubby every six months unless his health changes. They will arrange for him to have blood tests and an ultrasound every six months to monitor for changes to the liver and cancer. they will also put a camera down his throat every 3 years to check for varices.
So the ball is now in hubby's court to see if he can give up alcohol with help from the professionals.
So what else do I need to be aware of?