TIA (aka Mini Stroke), Seizures & Denial
Now that I have almost been a month sober I have been thinking about a lot of things. Weird how clear your mind and life become when you get it all out of your system. I've been thinking of one of my closest friends, also an Alcoholic even if he won't admit it yet and makes excuses.
About a year ago we were in Athens Greece (I am a Greek American and I go to Greece about twice a year). As usually we had gone out the night before and got drunk. I had only drank wine (weird for me since it is usually wispy or vodka) and he drank a lot of Jack Daniels. I was not hung over but he was. We went to lunch were he had 1 beer. As we were near the apartment he started talking funny. At first I thought he was joking, but he was mumbling and not making any sense. His face looked funny and his lips were kind of crooked. All I thought was STROKE...! I am 43 and he is 44 so we are still young, at least I like to think we are... LOL He was walking fine and we got back to the apartment. He sat down and I calmly looked up the emergency number in Greece for an ambulance. He came out of it and he said he was fine. We were leaving for NYC the next day so I said it was fine (Greece is not exactly the country you want to be stuck in if you have a medical emergency) as long as he went directly to his doctor. He went to the Dr. and the Dr. said it sounded like a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack - aka - mini stroke). I figured as such since my father was an MD and I knew about this stuff. My friend has High Blood Pressure and Hight Cholesterol. They scheduled him for some tests. The next week he went out with some friends and met up with me and 2 other friends. I was the only one sober (at this time I was trying to quit). We wen to this bar/restaurant and sat down to eat. I thought he was passing out, but he went forward and then sideways landing in one of his friends laps till he fell on the floor. He got up and didn't know what was going on. I was totally confused, but it seemed like he now had a seizure. I'm not sure why we didn't bring him to a hospital right then and there, they would have did all the tests on the spot (he has health insurance). Anyhow, he had a bunch of tests and they found nothing. But sometimes you can't see a TIA or Seizure, if they are small. What scares me is that if he is having small strokes in his sleep he might not notice. He is in such denial and I know I can't do anything until he comes to terms. I had horrible indigestion before I quit drinking, and he kept telling me it was the food I was eating. I eat a lot of raw veggies with olive oil and everyone kept telling me I'm getting old and it is starting to affect my stomach. Well, I quit drinking and 3 days later it was 100% all gone no matter what I ate or eat. It was the Jack Daniels and the Vodka killing my stomach and esophagus, not that raw Cauliflower... :-)
Any experiences with TIA or Seizures? I've never had a seizure but I'm a bit of a hypochondriac, but now that I'm almost a month with no alcohol I think I'm okay. :-) But the TIA (mini-stroke) and booze is new to me? Was it new to all of you before you quit?