welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

my own

thats what she said 
when she was interviewed

her mother died when she was 8
she was a foster child after that
many of you know what that is like
it can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing

as a doctor ive seen both sides of the story
the good and the bad

lucky ones get a good home 
and even more lucky ones get adopted into 
this new home

many dont fair as well

this mother a school nurse 
my guess not a rn or a lvn but probably an aide but i dont
know the full story on that one
had their home she and her young son was living in burn to 
the ground
the next months were spent living in motels friends and family homes
even a period of homelessness
their remaining material things were scattered in different places
across the county

she did the lengthy application process 
and won out over several applicants

remember these homes are not just given to them
they have to do 300+ hours of sweat equity
i mean sweating a lot sometimes
do several classes on finances home care yard care life care
then they pay for the house at 0%  interest rate for 20 yrs
the total amount they pay is based on how much is donated 
and how much volunteer help is used
we those who volunteer reduce the labor costs down to only the
special contractors like plumbing electrical or concrete work
we do the rest

they are assigned a mentor who follows them for months

in this area you can not get a decent apartment for the amount
her monthly payments would be which includes mortgage insurance 
and taxes

pretty darn good deal thanks to the generosity of others

eg my contribution will be i plan and supervise the landscaping
using what money is left over and what landscape supplies i 
can get folks to donate
trying to do this xerically and in such  way that they dont have to pay 
so much for upkeep

what landscaping we do on each house is based on the dollars we have
the wishes of the owners

my wife she also works helping me with the landscaping some
i also do some of the construction work based on what bothers
my back from last years ruptured disk
putting up tyvek putting up outside sheathing of the osb plywood
bothers me the most
the landscaping and most of the other work doesnt bother me much

my primary contribution is landscaping though
my new feature is to encourage more recycling from the job site
especially metal plastic cardboard rocks some wood like pallets
some of which can be sold to help fund things
plus its less habitat has to pay for dumping at the land field

shall we say a more green construction site

then ive added a new contribution to this build site
the one for this struggling mom and her son 
that is to make a home
that has a nice yard
that is easy to maintain 
a vegetable garden designed by the organicgreen doctor
that will be one of the best landscaped houses in the area

that where the readers of this blog can help
we need some donations to be able to reach our goals and the 
new homeowners of a yard and garden she can enjoy
something since her childhood she has wanted
for herself and her family
something she never had

you can help by clicking here and making a small contribution
to the cause
also volunteer sometimes at your local habitat for humanity

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, July 25, 2014

whats it like


i think about this all the time
whats it like to have alzheimers disease
early on
mid stage
later stage
whats it like in there
to be captured inside
i think about it a lot

huffington post

i know myself what its like early early on like i am
you pay attention to things that others dont even notice
a word you cant remember
recent things you cant remember mostly real short term things
just waiting to go to that next level

a friend sent me a link to a page where the question was

what does a person with alzheimers disease typically experience
on a daily basis

read this and you will get a better idea of what alzheimers
is like
what that loved one with this terrible disease is feeling

click here to read our story and donate

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

theyre too high

im reading this book about midwives in england in the 1950s
interesting novel but with a lot of history embedded in the story line

in one chapter one of the characters a midwife goes out with
a group of her friends to party
shes working and training with a chapter of nuns that train

(these things look like the rear end of a wasp dont they
that what it feels like if a women steps on your foot )

so she dresses up and wears these high heels with those long heels
she talks about cramming her toes down in the toe part
suffering all night
the worse was walking on the cobblestone sidewalks and streets
of london as they did the 1950 version of clubing
a night of misery she had
with her feet akilling her

she told the story of a well known female model at the time
that actually had some of her toes amputated so she could
fit into these high heels and walk down the runways with them
sees a little extreme to me

im sorry this can not i repeat can not be good for your
just looking i see potential for
ingrown toenails
bunions i mean bad bunions
long term problems with plantar fasciitis
if youve not had that one then youre lucky
i suffered withit with for years
and no
i didnt wear high heels
achilles tendonitis another curse that can rank up there
with plantar fasciitis
stress fractures just look at the picture and you can see
where that would occur
nerve damage
mortons neuroma that occurs in the nerve bundle at the
point of maximum pressure
the treatment is steroid shots surgery pad in shoes or
just dont wear those dang high heels

these high heels have made a lot of podiatrist wealthy

none of these things are good
they all are painful
the treatments are long term some are painful some have
significant side effects like the steroids and the nsaids to
take for the inflammation

i know when you research the history of high heels that
the only person that could have designed these things
is a man
no woman would ever think this up and inflict pain and
discomfort on so many women

the solution and best treatment for all these ailments
is to wear shoes that are more down to the earth
maybe the cave women did it the best
going barefoot and wearing sandals

if men had to wear these things they wouldnt be available

its time these shoes are brought back down to earth shoe levels

click here to read our story and donate

the organicgreen doctor