My husband, John, age 61, was diagnosed with Cirrhosis due to Hep C in March 2018. What a whirlwind 9 months! I think the shock of the diagnosis has subsided a little, but now it is the daily struggle. Our sad situation is that he is a Chef and I'm a catering manager; we have worked together as a team for the last 20+ years, however, these types of places do not provide health insurance and therefore we have only catastrophic coverage.
In April, John had fluid drained off (8 liters!) and afterwards the scale showed he had lost more than 20 pounds from his "normal" weight during his 50s. They did some tests on his blood and on the fluid. I do not have the results of those. They put him on 2 diurectics. He currently has gained some fluid back and his doctor has monitored the situation and has increased the strength of the medications a couple times. John has since had a sonogram and an ECG.
John has drank beer his whole life basically, and dont know how that contributed to the Hep C advancement, but it is the Hep C (so his doctor says) that has done the most damage.
I have so many questions about this situation...
1) how to determine that your doctor is a good one?
2) what test results should I be asking specifics about from the doctor and monitoring?
3) has anyone tried to get medicare through disability using this diagnosis? Our doctor has written a letter and we showed all the medical tests/paperwork, but awaiting the medical investigation results now.
4) anyone had this diagnosis and went through the Hep C elimination process? Our doctor is wanting us to be transferred to a liver specialist that will monitor John through and including a liver transplant if necessary while medicating for Hep C. This is very expensive, apparently, and our currrent Catastrophic coverage is not nearly enough for them to accept us....so meanwhile, this virus is still alive and abusing his organs while we try to medicate the symptoms.
I feel alone and lost. I know I am supposed to be strong and he is strong when I am around, but this situation is exhausting.
Has anyone had any experience with this condition? My husband appears to be having this problem but I’m a bit confused. He developed pneumonia 2 weeks ago and had surgery to evacuate fluid and inflammatory tissue. They say that the fluid did not show relation to liver disease. Nevertheless his kidneys are showing signs of weakness and they are thinking it could be related to liver disease. He...
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