And only 6 mos to live. They referred her to hospice. She has only a quarter of her liver left. She got sick and hospital stay helped and now sick again. Should she try harvoni? What is there that we can do to prolong her life? Shes only 63 years old.
I am sorry about your mother-in-law and her prognosis, Kayle. Hep C is a bad disease. It is known as "The Silent Killer." It is easily not diagnosed and if not discovered when it is still treatable can have very undesirable results. Hep C eats away at the liver and what your MIL is going through sounds like end-stage liver disease caused by Hep C. My understanding is if a person gets to this point, nothing can be done. I am very hesitant to post this and feel very sorry for you and your family. I do not know if liver transplants are suggested at this phase or not. I suggest making an appointment with a gastrointerologist in your area who is an expert on Hepatitis C and the liver and go from there.
With 6 months to live she must have a MELD score of 24 or more. A transplant is only possible when you are prepared to never drink again and have been recorded as being abstinent for 6 months; it also costs ~ $200,000 and you still have HCV to deal with. Harvoni is around $6 - 7 thousand dollars per week. With Harvoni; it's effectiveness is greatly reduced in candidates with with multiple organ damage and severe cirrhosis need up to 24 weeks of treatment. I've recovered from 5 episodes of decompensated Liver failure over 15 years (so it isn't always the end). If you make no effort God is not going to lift you up and cure you. Never make excuses to yourself either. Amazing what a healthy diet, throwing away bad habits, (I take some vitamins that I am chronically short of due to liver issues). and it is amazing what you can recover from or extend your life by taking immediate action.
PS No more than 1000mg of Sodium per day. Fluid restrictions can be very helpful too.
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