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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, my mother has been drinking for 30 years. She is 83. Approximately 3 months ago she had a terrible experience. She vomited alot of blood and blood clots. We took her to emerg and they gave her a blood transfusion and did tests on her. Then they sent her home to follow up with her doctor. My sister spoke to the doctor, since it is her doctor also, and she said mom's kidney is functioning poorly and her insides are a real mess. She doesn't have diabeties. Well, since that eposide she was sober and we were so proud of her. Unfortunitely the other she started drinking again, heavily. We are concerned if this is the end for her. How long can she go on like this? thank you Maggie
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr Mitaly here
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed
User :   ok
User :   We are just wondering if we should be prepared for the worst
Doctor :   Does she have any other problems like Raised BP or cholesterol?
User :   no
User :   her blood is low
User :   anemic
Doctor :   How much is she drinking daily?
User :   oh, gee probably, a 40 oz of hard liquor
User :   alot\
User :   two days now
User :   non stop
Doctor :   Why is she so much in drinking? Is she depressed or so?
User :   yes
User :   she is alone
User :   she drank for 30 years
Doctor :   Does she spend the time with family and talk to you all?
User :   oh yes, my sister goes out shopping with her. We call her everyday
User :   we are really good daughters considering her conditon
User :   condition
User :   we make sure she has food and water
User :   but she just likes to drink
User :   it runs in the family
Doctor :   First of all since her kidneys are not functioning properly she should immediately stop drinking
User :   not me
User :   I know but she won't
User :   is this it for her please be honest
Doctor :   Kidneys are not functioning properly that means slowly all the body functions would be impaired and that can be fatal also.
User :   we thought so. The doctor told her not one drop.
User :   I think this is it. We should be prepared
Doctor :   Why do not you explain all this to her?
User :   she does not care. She is 83 and we cannot change her. We have tried for 30 years and have gone through hell and back but we still help her
User :   She is a nasty drunk too.
User :   She gets very mean
User :   You would not believe what we went through but anyway I can see it probably is it for her
Doctor :   This can only be explained to her and she has to cooperate, remove all the alcohol from home and do not let her have it
User :   she will order it. We don't give her alcohol. she finds it herself. She still drives
Doctor :   Do not let her go alone.
User :   By the way, before we finish I got charged twice
Doctor :   Have you explained her the consequences?
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