It All Happened So Fast!
Hi, my name is Heidi. On March 19th of this year my 46 year old husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol. November of last year he was admitted to the hospital for seizures due to alcohol withdrawls. At that time the doctor told me that if he continues to drink he gives him only a year to live! No one spoke of cirrhosis. This is the exact way my 52 year old sister passed away in December of 2010! Long story short we continued to have beers without thinking of how serious this was. On March 19th, the day after we had to have our 12 year old dog put down, Jeff sat up from a deep sleep at 5:30 in the morning and vomited so much blood I thought I was in a horror movie! I immediately called 911 and he was brought to the hospital. I had noticed for a several days that his eyes were VERY yellow. I mentioned it to him and he went and looked in the mirror and he said that they weren't. At the hospital they banded his varicies, put him on a blood pressure med to keep the pressure down in his esophogus and 3 days later we were sent home with the instructions of keeping a low sodium diet. No one told us what was going to happen. No one told us his stomach was going to swell to the size of a pregnant woman at 9 months! Only after many hours online did I realize the seriousness of this illness. He hasn't drank a drop of liquor since that day, March 19th, 2012. On Easter Sunday, April 8th 2012, Jeff wasn't feeling so good. He had gone downstairs to go to the bathroom and came back up and looked so ashen I asked if he wanted to get dressed and go to the hospital. He said he felt nausous so I got him the gabage can. He stood up to vomit and I watched, so afraid, praying it wouldn't be blood, but it was. LARGE amounts, worse than the first time. I called 911. While the paramedics were taking there sweet time outside he proceeded to vomit 2 more times. MORE blood. I screamed out the window HURRY he's going to bleed to death. They hurried in, put him on a blanket and carried him out to the ambulance. Seconds later, sirens blaring, off they went. It has been the scariest 2 day of my life! He received 7 units, the varicies are banded again, we had to wait to see if his kidneys would function on their own, which they are, and just waiting to see what the next steps are. I am so scared and wanted to share our story. The liver doctor told me yesterday that each time a person comes in with bleeding from varicies that there chances of making it out of the hospital declines greatly. Please pray for us.