Yes, it's been a long time. I temporarily moved from Las Vegas to Chicago to be prepared for a transplant once my MELD score reaches 15. It is now 10, which means the only way I can get a liver now is from a living donor or friend. Friday, I will has a procedure done called TIPS. This will put a shunt in the liver to relieve pressure, which will hopefully not allow so mu ascites and tapping to get rid of fluid. For example, in the past three weeks, I had three tappings (removal of abdominal fluid).
The first was 3.5 liters or 7.5 lbs. of fluid removed. This was not the total amount of fluid, but here at Northwestern Memorial hospital in Chicago, it is the protocol for a first time tapping (fluid removal) for the purpose of testing for infection. A week later, I had 9.5 liters or roughly 24 lbs of fluid removed. The same amount was taken out yesterday.
This is a problem because it’s hard to breathe with all that fluid built up, and it’s very uncomfortable. I now have a good idea of what pregnant women go through. After the TIPS procedure next Friday, I should notice a difference in fluid build up. Most do.
I feel weak and my legs are always swollen. Doctor has me on triple dosage Lasic (water pills) to try and keep the swelling down. It helps but is not a total solution.
In closing, I will update as I go along and I hope everyone heals and enjoys life once more...
Thanks for the update, Magnum. I am sorry to hear of all of the medical problems and complications you are going through but happy to hear you are receiving good care and will hopefully get a new liver when one is available and you qualify.
Keep us posted on your well being. Best of luck to you in the future.
It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job, taking care of yourself, medically speaking, Magnum. I will be praying that all goes well, with your TIPS procedure, next Friday.
It sounds as though the 24 lbs of fluid that they removed, just came right back, thus the need for the shunt. When I had my baby, I did lose 20 lbs right away, half being fluid, and yes, it was hard to breath. Hopefully the shunt will bring you relief, and that you get your new liver soon.
I don't understand the MELD scoring, so I will research it, but it sounds so very difficult to deal with: knowing that you need your new liver now, but having to go by a #/score~ Especially when you have put so much time into getting yourself Treatment, I feel like since the Boceprevir is what contributed to this decline in your liver health, that the Medical Profession has the responsibility to provide you with a liver now, not when your MELD is a 15.
Hello, my friend. I just signed in here today, for a quick look. I don't get on Medhelp often as I used to anymore, but I'm glad that I was able to catch your update. You have been in my thoughts and wondering how you're doing. How are you handling the cold weather up there after coming from Vegas? I know that's probably not your primary concern right now, though. I will say a prayer for you that you get your new liver soon.
It's good to get an update but I am sorry that things are difficult. I also hope you will not have long to wait. I'm guessing since you are up here in the north that the prospects are better. It sounds like a tough way to wait.
I'm about 4 hours WSW of you on I-80. We just got about 6 inches of snow. Big change of pace from Las Vegas I'm sure.
Good to hear from you. It's hard to find myself in the situation of hoping you'll get worse so you can get a TP or hoping you stay well, but knowing that would forestall your transplant. : /
Anyway...I hope for the best outcome.
Thanks for checking in. I know many people here are pulling for you.
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