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A bit of background first and then onto my question. Last year I had a massive stroke and spent two months in hospital. At the same time I went jaundiced because of my drinking, so they had to treat me on two fronts. It was fairly serious, my local hospital couldn't deal with me, but could not move me the 10 miles down the road to the specialist hospital, until they had stabilised with a blood plasma transfusion under general anesthetic.
At the new hospital in the one step down ward, I became jaundiced and they had to detox me, do a drain on my liver of about 10 litres, fit a catheter and various other things. The consultant told me (in a nice way), I should not be here, he was amazed that I still was.
So, I kept off the drink until Christmas day (8 months) and up until June this year, it was fairly manageable at about one bottle of wine per week. It got dangerously worse in June, so I went to seek help. I went to the local addiction organisation and said, I need help and quickly.
Well, it seems to be meeting after meeting, and apparently some group therapy and then in about 8 to 12 weeks, I'll get detox. I tried to tell them I need detox now, in that timescale I will be worse, that I've kept off of the spirits, but for how long. I told them I am on 8 prescription meds a day, things like Thiamine, folic acid, b1, lactulose (encephalopathy) and some even more serous ones that I can't recal off of the top of my head.
I said, contact my GP, contact my hepatoligist at the local hospital (they deal with him, so they knew him), they will tell you how serious it is. It Fell on deaf ears, so I said that I would deal with it myself and my GP would be the first port of call. She rather arragantly said, he probably just send you back here. Inside I was fuming, my GP is pragmatic, but I was thinking, you don't know my GP and you obviously aren't listening to how ill I am.
So, I went to my GP, he helped but asked me to keep quiet, because the GMC might see it as interferring and he may be in trouble. He didn't want to proscribe the full on stuff, but did proscribe stuff that might take the edge off of it. As it was, it didn't really help and I've suffered, nausia, retching, cold sweat, shakiness, dizziness, disorientation, muscle spasms, cramp in the feet overnight (look that up on the NHS website, usually prolonged, it is a sign of liver problems). It has been a torrid few days, I did it before and I knew I wasn't going to like it. Quite often fluid cames straight back up, so you suffer dehydration just to cap it off.
I told her if all else fails, I'd go cold turkey, she said you don't want to do that, but I've tried to impress the seriouness on you and you are intransigent, you leave me no alternative. I was so bad that I also presented myself to the A&E, I could walk, they would have had to come to the car (wife drove) and help me out, it was days in bed at home, the only I could cope.
My question is, did I get a bad rehab organisation and was unlucky, or are they all like? I told them I knew all about trigger point, changing routines and findings to occupy yout mind/time that kept you away from temptation, but they weren't having any of it.
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