The Beginning

F. The Stigma of Cirrhosis

F. The Stigma of Cirrhosis There are something we wish to forget and somethings we wish to remember. Saturday,December the 10th 2008 was one of those days when a lot was forgotten and perhaps best left that way. Linda had gone to work as usual and I was in the house on my own. At…

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G. Christmas 2008 and Diet

G. Christmas 2008 and Diet Christmas 2008 was a miserable affair.  Misery heaped on misery, my appetite was sporadic with difficulty in keeping down any food at all, my diarrhea was uncontrollable, I couldn’t sleep, pee, sit or do anything much such was the debilitating effects of the disease. For Christmas Day Linda had planned…

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H. Ascites, Weight, Protein and Hernias

H. Ascites, Weight, Protein and Hernias By around March my weight was becoming seriously alarming. I was losing about 5lbs of body mass per month and nothing I could do seemed to make any difference. I weighed myself multiple times per day hoping to see an improvement or at least a stabilization, but none was…

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I. Attitudes

I. Attitudes When discussing  or dealing with this disease, attitudes like flies in summer are everywhere. Those of us who are sick often have lousy attitudes, sometimes for good reason, often for not. We who are sick have an expectation that we should be looked after, cared for, catered for, pampered, nurtured and protected. Unfortunately,…

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J. Fair Weather Friends

J. Fair Weather Friends There is nothing like a good crisis to bring out the best and the worst in people. Cirrhosis amounts to a fairly large crisis in anyone’s life and the shocks and aftershocks of the earthquake leave a lasting impression on you. We would always like to think that when things go…

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