Elizabeth Vanyo-Blanks

First post: Jun 5, 2018 Latest post: Jan 10, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. 
Back in April Beth started the process of discovering what was causing her many symptoms. She was falling down a lot, bruising easily, feeling bloated, confused at time and chalked it up to her Type 2 insulin resistant diabetes. Her doctor ordered an MRI and they saw white spots on the frontal lobe of her brain. Further testing reveled that she has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. The spots on her brain are caused by the build up of toxins that her liver can't filter out. The condition is called Hepatic Encephalopathy. 
She has increased pressure on the veins that supply the liver and prevent severe bleeding. She will be having some tests to see if she has any enlarged veins in her esophagus or stomach. Those can be surgically banded to reduce the risk of bleeding. 
She was admitted to United Hospital most recently early in the morning of June 4th via transfer from Sandstone Hospital. This is her second such transfer from there to United. The first was on April 29th. 
Beth's best hope of recovery is to have a liver transplant since at this state the liver can no longer mend itself. In the meantime the plan is to treat the underlying conditions and for her to become as healthy as possible. 
I selected the profile picture of Pebbles Flintstone because that is her favorite character. We used to think she looked just like that back in the day. 
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. 

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