I realized by some of your sweet comments that you think I am telling this in real time. All of these things have already happened. It is just easier for me to type it out in small segments because so much has happened in such a small amount of time. I will try and type something every day and when I get to the point of what we are going through in the present - I will advise you all. I am so humbled by all of your sincere responses!
The liver biopsy was relatively painless for Don. He did experience some typical pain under his shoulder blade that evening and the following day, but he returned to work on Wednesday. He had not told many people at his work about this and was glad he did not miss a day and have to give an excuse.
In the week that followed, we did not speak much about it and just impatiently waited for our next doctors appointment. It was a agonizing 7 days later. The results could be anything from devastating to a huge relief. It was from this biopsy we would learn if his liver was still healthy, had fibrosis, or if he had cirrhosis. If he was diagnosed with cirrhosis and it was in the later stages, Don might not even be a candidate for the drug treatment.
The liver is a remarkable organ. It can in most cases literally grow back and regenerate itself if injured. The only time this is not true is in the case of cirrhosis.