Can you please tell me in your opinion how long someone may have to live with a Meld score of 12 and compications with encephalopathy, ascites. I just got out of hospital two weeks ago due to encephalopathy. MY ammonia level was 90 with his lactulose at 5 tablespoons 3 times a day. now they lowered it and I have to try to adjust it so I have 3 to 4 bowel movements a day. Also I am confused about protein, one Dr. tells me to limit protein to 3 oz or less per meal, the liver Dr said I need protein and not to worry about it unless I eat a real large steak or alot of sauges etc. I am on a water restriction of no more than 8 eight oz of water per day with a 2,000 mg of salt restriction also. Just am confused about this protein issue also.