Hello Barbara , I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.His symptoms are classical liver failure which are likely due to cirrhosis of liver due to long use of alcohol. This causes accumulation of fluid in all over the body including lung which causes breathlessness and later may fail the heart completely. There may also be encephalopathy (toxins accumulating in brain due to lack of adequate functions of the liver) and resultant coma. There can be an internal organ bleeding too due to complications. This is a serious condition can only be managed at an hospital. At home the best thing is to;1) Restrict the proteins in food as much as possible.2) Probiotics; available over the counter.This is the list of proteins which should be restricted;http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/highproteinfood.htmAs you already know he needs hospitalization for the meticulous treatment as this can be life threatening anytime. Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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I know that you cannot give specifics, but if he continues to drink daily, which he is and not seek medical treatment, what would be the length of time he may have left and what signs do we need to look for if the conditions worsens?