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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

dethorned

DETHORNED
so there i stood looking in the mirror
a little blurry eyed on the right eye
with the hyphema in that eye
seeing also where the puncture occurred
there was some bleeding there
dripping down to the bottom of the eye
where i knew i wanted it to stay

what do i do now
i knew two things
if that hyphema gets worse i could be in trouble
in the future
if that thorn like a rose thorn carries some bad germs
they just got injected into my eye
staph pseudomonas fungus
all could lead to potential catastrophic events in that eye

sometimes i wish i didnt know as much as i do
about medicine
i might be better off

so here i am
30 miles away from health care
should i call my wife she at work
gotta get hold of the office
they have to walk down to her room
have her call me
then she would drive the 30 miles to home
then another 30 miles to medical care
that would take over an hour
i could already be treated and through by the time
all that time elapsed

so i went for option two
keep that right eye close and just drive one eyed to get care

now do i go to the er
having been an er doctor before
i knew they wouldnt do anything but call the ophthalmologist
who would want to see me in the office
so
i made the decision to go straight to the ophthalmologist

then i looked in the mirror
i looked like i had just did one of those mud runs
so i called the eye doctors office
put it on speaker
then jumped quickly in the shower
finished the shower i was squeaky clean now

now of course i got a recording
what happend to those human beings who use to answer the phones
in doctors office
it said
listen closely for our menu has changed
if you need an appointment push 1
if you have an emergency talk to us and we will help you
decide what to do
if you need a prescription push 2
if you are a doctor push 3
i almost did that the first time
push 3
but i didnt
i had pushed 1
mistake is what that was

so i went downstairs
found my keys
wondered outside to the car
listening to music on my iphone waiting for someone to answer
started driving
about 10 miles later
this person somewhere answered the phone
may i help you
i stuck a well i told her cactus since i thought
shes not going to know what a agave spine is
so i told her i stuck a cactus spine in my eye
but was able to remove it and needed to see my eye doctor
as she listened to my story
i think she sort of got squeamish
as she
suddenly said wait a second ill put you on hold
now im 15 miles out
then as she did that i heard that irritating sound
i just got disconnected

so
i redialed them again
ok so i wavered back and forth while i was one eyed driving
i know people thought
that guys either midday drunk
or he is texting
well i was one eyed texting which is worse

so dammit here came that message again
listen closely as our menu has changed
you can just imagine what word came out of my mouth
lets just say it wasnt words you would say in church
chose 1 to make an appointment
i didnt wait for her to tell me more
i punched 3
im a doctor right
well
then came this message
all or operators are busy please stay on the line for the next
available operator
well i thought
you must not have many of those

so
10 miles later i was still on hold
so
i hung up
started all over
redialed them
all our operators are busy
listen closely blah blah blah
i punched 1 this time
all our operators are busy please hold for the next available
i uttered those nonchurch words again and again
but i held on
all while driving erratically to the doctors office
then
lucky me
this operator not the same one
may i help you
yes
i stuck a agave no a cactus thorn in my eye
my eye is hanging out of my socket
its full of bloooooood
i can only see the floorboard with that eye
it keeps swinging around making me dizzy
well
i think that scared her a lot
she said wait let me put you on hold

ok i didnt really tell her that but i wanted to
i told her exactly what happened
but it scared her the same i think

so she put me on hold
click
those nonchurch words came out of my mouth again

i decided ill just show up at their front door
go in there
start wavering around like i have vertigo
scare the heck out of them
all while holding my right eye
bet i get quick service then

but
i didnt
i walked in holding my hand over my right eye
now a clean hand
i stuck a cactus thorn in my eye

have a seat well see you in just a minute
so they did

i will tell you the next day i brought in a thorn similar to
the one that jumped into my eye
as i took it out of my billfold and laid it on the counter
well
all i can say the first thing i thought was
they just acted like i placed a live rattling rattlesnake on
their counter
they all shrank back to the back of the office
leaving me alone with my thorn

tomorrow
my treatment
my thoughts on safety
my thoughts on just answer the nonchurch word phone

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, May 2, 2016

a thorny situation

A THORNY SITUATION
my life almost changed for the worst one week ago
today
this is a blog about a thorn the health care system
and
safety
now i have this big ole agave plant called the century plant
that when its time comes
when its time to leave this earth
it sends up this big beautiful stalk 20 ft in the air
then it dies
this stalk has been up in the air now for two years
still being enjoyed by birds and well us

it has sent out pups
little agave plants

one of the problems with these plants
well there are two
they keep producing pups like rabbits do babies
they also produce these long needle like thorns
which i keep clipped off for safety reasons
or
at christmas we cover them with christmas balls

so
last year i dug up a pup
put it in a small pot
so its growth would be stunted and would stay within
the bounds of the pot

then
came our grandbaby ms b
i started looking closely at my collection of cactus plants
deciding some had to go

so
i trimmed back one of my spineless cactus
planning to haul it off to my large brush pile
in my pasture that provides homes for birds and all
kind of varmints
so
after putting a load of cactus pads in the back of my
old black truck
i looked over at the baby pup agave in the pot
saw those big thorns
no i thought to myself
that needs to go
so
i picked it up and flung it onto the top of those cactuses

boy was that a life changing decision
as i flung it
how i still dont know
i felt this sting in my eye
saw this thing sticking out of my eye
unable to close my lid over it
it well it hurt like hell
it was all blurry in that right eye
i noticed the liquid dripping from my eye
well at least it wasnt red

upstairs to the bathroom i went
looked at the mirror
well it was all fogged over
as i was filthy and sweaty and real hot
but
as near as i could see there was this thorn
protruding out my eye
barely
as it had broken off at the surface of the eye
entering just at the edge of the cornea and iris
poking itself into the front of the eye
between
the iris the colored part of the eye and the cornea
filling that space with blood
dripping down from the entry point

i knew that bleeding was causing a hyphema
a collection of blood there that i had to be careful
and not bend over
as it would flow through the pupil into the back
of the eye
a permanent disaster that could be hard to fix
permanently affecting my vision

so it was important to keep the blood where it was
in the front down in the bottom of the front chamber

i also knew what infection in that eye could mean
the worst scenario wasnt a good one

no i did not have on my safety glasses that i wear when
i mow weedeat do carpentry work etc

it never crossed my mind
but let me tell you
it sure does now

now
so i knew to not bend over
but
i had to get that thing out of there
that thorn
so
where oh where would my wife she have put those
tweezers
quickly
i have been married to her a long time
so in this emergency i had to think quickly like her

she probably put it with her sewing needles and threads
and that instrument she rips out the seams with

so i not being able to see out of but one eye
i did run into the door well two of them
tripped over the bed
into her closet where all that stuff was
started opening drawers
there
it was stuck on this big magnet thing with all the needles

back to the bathroom more carefully on this trip
looked closely into the mirror
without my glasses
grabbed that small nub of the thorn

then i stopped
what would happen if i pulled that thing out
would all my eye juice just flow out of the hole

i couldnt close my lid though since it caught on that nub
hurting like well like hell
as it slid across

so i made the decision
it has to come out
so i reached up
grabbed it
it didnt come out
all i got was this stuff that was white
did i take part of my eye with that

so i tried several times
finally
i just grabbed real hard
my knuckles were white
pressed it in some to get a good grip
out it came

i quickly got real close to the mirror
wiping off the moisture fog
to see if my eye juice was running out

it wasnt

now
i said to myself
i will always always wear good eye protection from now on

now
what do i do now
like that kid in the movie i am home alone
i cant see worth a dam
i shouldnt be driving
heck im not sure i can make it down the stairs
will my eye ball leak fluid


tomorrow i will finish this blog about what happened
and
about my week
with this dethorned eye

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, April 25, 2016

our day

OUR DAY
Image result for earth
last friday was earth day
it should be called our day
since
if we dont take care of our earth
we are all goners
so
its our day
our day to emphasize the need to do what it takes
so that this earth survives
if it doesnt survive
we dont

whats good for the earth
its good for us

dumping pollutants into the earth
well documented in the past
air pollution and chemicals from industrial wastes
killing our earth
killing us also

as goes the earth
we go

last week i sat at a friends table listening to this young person
who is from alaska
talk about the polar cap
how they use to be able to reach out from this building
and
touch the glaciers
now years later
you have to hike several miles inland just to see a glacier
thats
how much warming has occurred
how much has melted there

then enter the chinese and russians up there on the arctic circle
working to use that route to transport things to europe and beyond
a route never available before
but
now thanks to whatever is causing this
they are both there trying to seek an advantage
maybe even more sinister reasons

climate change no matter what its cause needs to be stopped

i personally think its the cyclical events that happens with the weather
that has been knocked severely off kilter
by our human contamination of the air and water
so that it may not be possible to recover from all this

as i have said
we cant be wrong about this
if we are
we and our earth are
doomed to extinction
like
the dinosaurs

the organicgreen doctor