My 73 year old mother is presently in hospital after collapsing on Tuesday last week. She was unconscious until Friday and at first Dr's thought she had suffered massive heart attack or massive stroke. Her prognosis was not good. She came around but is still not sure what is reality and what is fiction. They have since ruled out stroke and heart failure as she has liver failure and had a bleed in her stomach. She is already at stage 4 Kidney failure and has been for a couple of years and her health has deteriorated the past few months to the point we were expecting something big like this to happen. 5 Years ago she had heart surgery as she has irregular heart beat, metal valve fluid on her lungs. We have been told if she ended up in hospital she would be finished as being active was the only thing keeping the fluid build up down and once in hospital for any period she would slowly deteriorate.
She is sat in a chair for part of the day but she is very week and drowsy. They are continuing to do tests but they have not said what her long term prognosis will be. I want to know what to expect. She has cirrhosis of the liver end stage and she has never drunk alcohol so I know it is not reversible. But how well can they control this with medication. Her blood pressure is very low now but they don't want to increase her fluids anymore as her liver is already under strain and so are the rest of her organs.
What questions should I be asking the Dr's and how long could I expect her to live, best and worst time scales. I don't know whether to look at nursing homes or if it would be hospices or might we be able to get her home. Just the unknown is killing me at the moment. I can deal with anything if I have the facts and I feel I do not know enough about any of this to help understand what will happen.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.