Thursday, July 2, 2009
acute liver failure
my mom saw the liver specialist on tuesday and found out that based on all of her tests/labs/etc... that she is in "acute liver failure". the doctor enrolled her in a national institute of health case study for drug overdoses --- the drug she was taking, amiodarone, to help keep her heart from going into a-fib, poisoned her liver and has caused her liver to swell and her liver enzymes to be dangerously high. there is no known way to reverse this with medicine, it has to "run its course" and we have to "wait and see" when she will get better. the drug can stay in your system for up to 60 days. this is causing additional problems because my mom keeps going in and out of 'a-fib' and she cannot take medicine for this problem. a-fib is dangerous because it could lead to a heart attack or stroke. my mom also has to take a different blood thinner, which has to be given in shot form in her stomach, because coumadin (blood thinner she was on before the liver issues began) is processed in the liver and her liver cannot handle any additional stress at this time. through all of this, my mom is not able to do her cardiac rehab therapy and is also trying to recover from her post surgery bout with pneumonia in both lungs not to mention the actual open-heart surgery. i went to see my mom yesterday with the girls and she just was not doing well. she feels sick, cannot eat, is having pain in her back and stomach and overall just feels terrible. i think the only thing that can help is time and prayers - so please say an extra prayer, if you could, that her liver makes a full recovery and that she is feeling better soon, so that she can get on with the business of recovering from her open-heart surgery. thank you for all of your continued prayers. hopefully i will have better news about my mom's health soon!!!!!!