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My father has been an alcoholic for roughly 30 years, drinking a 12 pk or more day. He is a functional alcoholic as he has always held a good job and takes care of himself. At the beginning of December he suffered a heart attack and required three heart stents. Since then he completely quit smoking and drastically changed his alcohol intake, granted he was still drinking anywhere from two to six a day. Skip ahead to last week... he didn’t feel well, no energy, sick to his stomach and vomited maybe 4 times during the week, along with overall stomach discomfort. He told my mother he wanted her to take him to the doc yesterday, Monday morning to get checked out. She went to wake him up from the sofa and he was completely disoriented and incoherent. He genuinely didn’t know my name or my mothers and didn’t know where he was. He was taken by ambulance to the ER where they found his thiamin, magnesium as well as potassium was very low. His BP was good. His sugar was high at 191. The nurse observed a bloodied and bitten tongue and asked if he had a history of seizures, which he doesn’t. The initial ER preliminary diagnosis was Wernicke encephalopathy. The neurologist doesn’t agree. But there is also no signs of a stroke according to a partial MRI. Still waiting for an EEG to confirm or deny a seizure. Today he was alert and speaking normally. He seems almost back to normal. Has no memory of yesterday but can’t recall his last memory. He is still missing words, some confusion is present, asking the same things over and over. He is also very agitated and quite mean. I know we need to wait for more testing but I was just curious if anyone can share experiences. We just seem to have differing opinions from the docs at this point. Thank you for any help
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