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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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

dear ms b-plant it theyll eat it

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ms b
ive found that to be true

if you take a kid who doesnt like a certain food
tell them all about the food like a veggie
have them hold the seed in their hand
press a hole in the ground
plant the seed
cover it with compost or dirt
pat the dirt smooth
water it
care for it
watch it as it grows

usually when the time comes
they will pluck it from the ground
eat it

at the school garden where i volunteer
this cute little kiddo was helping me pull
up the weeds in the garden
she ran across a carrot that had been missed
by a previous class
she plucked it from the ground
we went over to the water hydrant
washed it off real good
she held onto the carrot with the green stalk
ate the whole thing

later she was all excited about finding that carrot
telling her mom all about it when she got home

thats why i like to garden with kids

now ms b
when we pick you up at the preschool near my garden
we always wander over to the garden

recently all these gourds and pumpkins are on display
they were grown in the garden for kids to see and enjoy
as we walk by you always have to stop and pet them
you have favorites
like the dark one with all the bumps on it
its off to see the four chickens
bock bocks as you call them
its over to my garden
where you water my garden
you always love to fill up the bird bath with water
sometimes while you are there
a bird will fly over to take a drink
sometimes a bee will
this day
the garden apprentice said
its ok to pull up one of those carrots from the kids garden
i had you pick one
pluck it out of the ground
wash it off in the bird bath
you wouldnt let go of that carrot
when we got home
you pulled up your step stool
turned on the water
youre good at that
washed it real good
you crunched and ate the whole carrot
well you tried to eat the green stalk but i stopped you
not sure if it was ok to eat or not

i told your mom about you eating that carrot
she said
she doesnt like carrots

she does now

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 16, 2017

rise up

now the rendition of this song that i like
the best
is the one by alicia keys once sung on the voice
it sings in my head frequently
as i walk or hike or garden or drive around

this weekend on the news i saw another rendition
no they werent as good musically as alicia keys
they probably gave me more chills and tears
than her rendition did
i think that young man in the video that sings
the lead part
he should be on the voice

here are the lyrics

You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
And I'll rise up
High like the waves
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousands times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We'll take it to its feet
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We'll rise, oh oh
We'll rise
I'll rise up
Rise like the day
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we'll rise up
Rise like the waves
We'll rise up
In spite of the ache
We'll rise up
And we'll do it a thousands times again
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you
now you can apply these lyrics to a lot of situations
these kids possibly have a different inspiration 
than say i would

i feel inspiration when i hear these kids sing
i felt it when i heard alica keys sing it that night
i put myself into the words
i feel inspiration after i hear it sung
as i feel the words somehow apply to my life

can you 

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 13, 2017

alzheimers news-it affects them

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ive heard it many a time
in doctor meetings
nurse conversations
facebook postings
family get togethers

those medicaid folks just need to
get a job
buy their own insurance

in the state of iowa
1 in 4 folks with alzheimers in that state end up
on medicaid
most were hardworking tax paying folks
its probably not different in other states

they may start out on a cash basis at the
long term care place
but when the money runs out
thats when medicaid kicks in
most of the patients social securityor pensions are
turned over to help pay the costs

there is some left over each month for the spouse
so she or he doesnt have to be too indigent

when the patient dies the government then looks back
takes over some of the patients assets

i personally dont have a problem with that
since medicaid paid for their care for weeks to
sometimes years

this happened in our family
since we have had family members in long term care
facilities for their later stages of alzheimers disease

interesting is that this system
doesnt care
what your politics is
what your race is
what your religion is
it sort of works for everyone

so if you are reading this
if you havent been affected by this financial delimma
its likely you will

so look closely
when you read and hear about those medicaid cuts
it will likely affect you eventually
the money may not be there for you or your loved ones care

think about how this will affect you
when you hear the rhetoric
dont let your politics get in the way

support us at our next walk
donate and or walk at your local walk

santa barbara walk to end alzheimers october 28th

the organicgreen doctor