i just found out that my 53 year old mom has hiv, diabetes, and hepatitis b@c. she's really sick can can't even get out of bed. how long will we have with her?
A lot depends on how her overall health is and how well she follows her medication routine and doctor's orders.
HIV, Hepatitis, and Diabetes are all treatable illnesses that are managed with medication, diet, and lifestyle changes. You've not listed her T-Cell count, liver enzyme results, or fasting blood sugars, so it's hard to make an assumption of her longevity as I can only partially surmise her history. If she is unable to get out of bed, I would recommend getting her to her primary care physician and having a complete blood workup done to check out her levels. You might consider home health for her (if she's willing) where she can get the health care she needs without having to leave other than for necessary physician appointments.
I'm very sorry for what you and your mother are going through, it's a big load for all of you but especially healthwise, for her. I do hope you're all getting some support (whether though a minister, counselor, friend, family, etc.) as this is a tough time, regardless of the outcome.
Contact your physician (or hers if she will agree to allow him or her to speak with you regarding her case) for more information regarding her health and what can be done to stabalize her condition and hopefully allow her to recover.
Good luck and peace to you,
If she doesn't get better soon. She may not live very long. If she can get well enough to get out of bed and get on the road to managing her multiple illnesses she can be around a little longer.
I've noticed once people are bed ridden it is down hill from there.
A millon or live with HIV in the U.S....
answer has always been that there is no answer...life expectancy varies from person to person and is impacted by a myriad of factors. But now researchers at Emory University's Center for AIDS Research says their studies indicate people live on average 24 years after being diagnosed with HIV. Since 1993 the average life span after diagnosis has more than tripled from 7 years to 24 years, a testament to more effective treatments and better HIV care.
It's sneaky, it's silent, and it can permanently harm your liver. It's called hepatitis (say: heh-puh-tye-tus). Some people have hepatitis for many years without knowing it and then discover they have liver damage because of it. So let's find out more about hepatitis and how to prevent it.
Life of a Liver
Twenty-four hours a day, nonstop, your liver (an internal organ on the upper right side of your abdomen) performs many tasks to keep your body running smoothly:
It's like a vacuum! It cleans out poisons from your blood.
It's like a warehouse! It stores vitamins and minerals and makes sure your body gets the right amounts.
It's like a bodybuilder! It produces the right amount of amino acids to build strong, healthy muscles.
It's like a gas station! It keeps your body fueled up with just the right amount of glucose (sugar).
It's like a meter! It helps regulate the levels of medicine you are taking. (Before some medicines can work, the liver has to start them up.) It also regulates hormones in your body.
It's like a factory! It produces an important digestive liquid called bile.
What Is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation (say: in-fluh-may-shun) 鈥?a kind of irritation 鈥?or infection of the liver. If the liver is affected by or gets scarred from inflammation or infection, it can't effectively do all of its jobs.
There are different ways you can get hepatitis. The two most common forms are:
Toxic hepatitis: This form can occur if someone drinks a lot of alcohol, takes certain illegal drugs or medications, or is exposed to poisons.
Viral hepatitis: There are lots of hepatitis viruses 鈥?from hepatitis A virus (hep A for short) to hepatitis G. Though the viruses differ, they have one thing in common: They cause infection and inflammation that is harmful to liver cells.
We're going to talk about hep A, B, and C.
For kids, hep A is the most common type of hepatitis to get. The virus lives in poop (feces) from people who have the infection. That's why it's so important to wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom. If you don't, and then go make yourself a sandwich, hep A virus might end up on your food, and then in you!
Vegetables, fruits, and shellfish (such as shrimp and lobster) also can carry hepatitis if they were harvested in contaminated water or in unsanitary conditions. Hepatitis A affects people for a short time and when they recover, it does not come back.
How to Prevent Hepatitis A
The following will help keep people safe from hepatitis A:
regular hand washing, especially after going to the bathroom, diapering a baby, and before eating
washing fruits and vegetables before eating them
not eating raw shellfish, such as raw oysters
getting a vaccine for hep A
Getting vaccinated helps a person's body make antibodies that protect against hepatitis infection. The hepatitis A vaccine is now given to all kids between the ages of 1 and 2 years, and to people who are traveling to countries where the virus easily gets into the food and water supply.
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
Although hep A is a short-term illness that goes away completely, hep B and C can turn into serious long-term or chronic illnesses for some people. Teens and young adults are most at risk for getting these two viruses. Today all babies routinely get vaccines against the hep B virus, but there is not yet a vaccination for hep C.
Hep B and C get passed from person to person the same ways that HIV does 鈥?through direct contact with infected body fluids. Hepatitis B and C are even more easily passed in fluids and needles than HIV. This can happen through sexual contact and by sharing needles (used to inject illegal drugs) that have been contaminated with infected blood. Even when infected people don't have any symptoms, they can still pass the disease on to others.
Sometimes mothers with hep B or C pass the virus along to their babies when they're born. Hep B and C also can get passed in ways you might not expect 鈥?such as getting a manicure or pedicure with unsterilized nail clippers or other dirty instruments. Getting a tattoo, if dirty needles are used, is another way someone can get hep B or C.
Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis
Some people with hepatitis show no signs of having the disease, but others may have these symptoms:
tiredness without another reason
flu-like symptoms 鈥?throwing up, feeling hot, etc.
yellowing of skin and whites of eyes
belly pain (on the upper right side)
dark brown pee
light-colored stools (poop)
itchiness with no rash
poor appetite for days in a row or weight loss
A doctor who suspects someone may have hepatitis may ask the person questions like these:
Has the person been around anyone who works in health care or child care?
Did the person stick himself or herself with a dirty needle or get a tattoo with a dirty needle?
Did the person have contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has hepatitis?
Did the person have a blood transfusion as a baby?
Have any of the person's family members had hepatitis?
Could the person have eaten food that was contaminated with hepatitis A?
The doctor can order a blood test to see if someone has hepatitis and which type, then help the person get the right care.
Living With Hepatitis
Someone who has hepatitis will need to drink enough fluids, eat healthy foods, and get rest. The person's family members may need to get hepatitis vaccines, if they haven't already.
Later on, the person will get follow-up blood tests. Often the blood tests will show that the person no longer has hepatitis. Sometimes, the blood tests may show that someone is now a carrier of hepatitis 鈥?he or she won't have hepatitis symptoms, but could pass the infection to other people.
Sometimes, blood tests will continue to show that some people still have hep B or C, which means they may have chronic or long-term hepatitis. If so, they will need to eat healthy foods and take very good care of themselves by getting rest and visiting the doctor regularly. In some cases, someone with chronic hepatitis may get special medicine for the condition.
We hope that this heads-up on hepatitis will help you stay safe. It may sound funny, but you can love your liver by washing your hands and making smart choices!
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