I got a call Friday that my aunt was in the icu. I dropped everything and drove the 4 hours to be there. She looked terrible. Bad jaundice, her speech was kind of off, seemed a bit confused. Fragile, bruises on her body where I could see. I haven't actually seen her in a while because of one excuse or another, from her or my mother. She couldn't walk by herself, hospital gave her a walker. My aunt is 49 years old. I knew she had a liver problem several years ago but she stopped drinking...supposedly, and she said her liver healed itself. While in icu, she suffered a seizure and her heart stopped. My mother said that the doc found alcohol in her system and basically said she was a "raging alcoholic". Everyone is in denial of what I think is happening, just like no one thought she wasn't drinking. My mom said the doc said she had cirrhosis of the liver, that it was inflamed and will lead to liver fAilure. My aunt won't admit to having any problems, except weakness and my mom thinks she can heal here with homeopathic stuff. I think my aunt is dying. I don't know how much longer she has, I've frantically read article after article since yesterday but because my aunt won't go to a doctor, I'm at a loss. My mom said that she has had the edema and the swollen abdomen, weight loss, muscle tone loss, bruising, and just admitted to rectal bleeding last week. Can anyone help me? I need to understand what's going on, is there a time line for these symptoms, leading to deAth? If so, where is she on that time line? I'm so scared, she has a 17 year old son too, and they aren't telling him anything either. What do I do? I don't know where else to go. I don't know whAt else to say, except for HELP!!
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