This is quite serious.
You stated he has a fatty liver......
The build up of fat inside the liver, due to alcohol, can
continue on and cause liver cell damage. The liver
is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule. The
pressure of the fat building up in the liver damages
the cells there. When the liver cells are damaged,
the immune system of the body will respond and
cause inflammation to develop inside the liver.
This once smooth, soft organ will start to enlarge
in size and takes on a spongy texture. It is then
no longer Simple Fatty liver disease...it is
Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means
liver and itis means inflammation).
If he doesn't stop the cause and follow the doctors
direction...it can lead to where the liver cells start
to die off and form scar tissue inside the liver.
Once this occurs...there is no turning back.
If the alcohol is stopped then...it will only slow
down the progression of the disease known
as Cirrhosis of the liver. The scar tissue developing
in the liver cannot be removed. The scar tissue
changes the structure of the liver inside and blocks
the flow of blood...any new cells bunch up against
the scar tissue and cause the liver to take on a
knobby appearance. The organ will then start to
shrink in size and develop a hard texture. It is
actually the liver dying inside of the living patient.
You cannot change someone else. They have to want
to and change themselves. No one else is to blame
for someones else's decision in life. He has to start to
accept his responsibility for his own actions. If he keeps
drinking, once diagnosed with liver disease like this...
he may have a difficult time being placed on the transplant
list...if he would need a donor liver. However, he should
not try to stop on his own. He definitely needs to be
under a doctors care to be monitored to be sure his
body is able to cope with the detox and the doctor has
medications to help ease the discomfort of coming
off the drug. Most Transplant Centers need proof of
the doctors involvement.
If he is in the early stages where only inflammation has
developed in the liver...stopping the alcohol can reverse
the problem completely and his liver may heal. He doesn't
want to get to where he is diagnosed with Cirrhosis.
It is going to take alot of strength and will power, on his
part now, to make the right decision.
It is so sad that you will have 4 children to raise without
a father. I sure hope he realizes how much he will lose
if he doesn't come to terms with wanting to live instead
of dying before the children grow up. Best wishes.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient