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Hello. I would be very grateful for any insight you can offer. A family member that we knew drank too much, was recently admitted to hospital with pain that was initially thought to be due to gallstones. These turned out to be coincidental and in fact the real problem was ascites due to portal vein hypertension, associated with liver cirrhosis. After a three week stay she has now been discharged but still seems pretty out of it, presumably due to her medication. She is on crutches for some reason and seems to have no knowledge or concept of ascites or what it means. She is not due to go back to hospital for a month. Her parents are very relieved she is home, but largely in denial of the seriousness of the situation. I am beginning to wonder whether I am over-reacting but fear not, and I would hate to see the development of this illness come as a sudden shock to them. I am not close to this family member but am concerned for her parents. Can anyone please shed light on my relative's lack of understanding (she is only in her late forties), her use of crutches and the apparent lack of close monitoring over the next few weeks. Thank you in advance.
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