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Old 03-10-2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cousin Dying

My cousin Donna is only 42. Alas she has had liver problems. Liver problems because of 2 things. Hemochromatosis and drinking. The later is due to a large amount of iron in the liver and is usually genetic.
In any case she went back into the hospital last Tuesday. She could hardly breathe. Turns out her heartbeat was irregular. THey fixed that.... for awhile.
Then today her kidneys stoped functioning. Shes on dialysis now. Her heartbeat is irregular again.
I havent called today. They know the word is out.

I cant see any way she could survive. Im just wondering how long it could be until she dies. Another reason why not drink in excess.
Bucky you know something about this stuff. How long can someone last like this? :-(


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Old 03-10-2005, 11:32 PM   #2
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It is always tragic when such a young person dies. My thoughts are with you.


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Old 03-10-2005, 11:33 PM   #3
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So very sorry about your cousin. I am very close to my cousins and have already lost 2 of them.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:09 AM   #4
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I'm sorry Sushi. A prayer goes out to you and your family tonight.
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:42 AM   #5
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I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin Paul. I will keep Donna and all the family in my prayers.

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Old 03-11-2005, 05:04 AM   #6
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Sad news, sush. Go see her and her family if you can.
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My prayers are with you & your family DS.
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:47 AM   #8
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Sush,:-( I am very sorry to hear what happened to your Cousin. I also think you should go see her. Even though you haven't been close, Family is family. Heres a hug from me.

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Thanks everyone for your loving words! It means a lot.
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:12 AM   #10
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oh man, sush, i'm so sorry. my prayers are with her and your families.

unfortunately, when the liver starts to go, often the heart and kidneys act up. you can live a long time on dialysis, but they're gonna have to stabilize her heart first, like with a pace-maker, but the liver thing is really a problem.

i don't know much about what they can do for her liver. maybe one of our health industry members can help out.

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