We went to the liver specialist today for Will. He had some liver enzymes and some other lab work come back abnormal. His liver ultrasound showed a fatty liver and we were referred to a doctor who specializes in liver disorders.
We saw a Nurse Practitioner and she was absolutely awesome! She spent almost an hour talking with us. She is pretty sure that Will does not have hemachomatosis. She is not 100%. The only way to absolutely know is to have a liver biopsy. She does not want to rush into this just yet.
Our plan is to wait 3 months and then we will have his labs drawn again. If the levels are the same or have increased we will then discuss the biopsy as well as some other genetic disorders. I am happy with this plan. I am glad they don't feel like it is a big rush to stick a needle in his tummy.
As for the fatty liver, she said that is reversible if he makes some changes. The goals we have are to lose 10 lbs in the next 3 months, cut his pop intake by at least half or even completely remove it. He also needs to start exercising. If he can do all these things it may prevent the liver from getting worse.
He is to continue to eat a dairy/gluten free diet. That has really made a huge difference for him. He is to have absolutely no alcohol.
We have another appointment in 3 months and we will reevaluate at that time. I feel so much better after visiting with her today. We now have a plan and a path to follow. I am very grateful.