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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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

pat summitt was my buddy

PAT SUMMITT WAS MY BUDDY
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thats what i use to tell people all the time
i read her books
especially the last one about her fight with her diagnosis

i use to always try to watch her games on tv whenever
the tennessee women played
i loved to watch her coach
lets just say she was intense

thats how she approached her diagnosis
when it came
early onset alzheimers disease
mild
well thats where it starts mild then it goes on to worse
thats what happens at the end
it gets worse
things just quit working
death occurs

now
pat summitt and i were diagnosed about the same time
she went to the mayo clinic for her workup
i went to the universtiy of texas southwestern branch in dallas
for my workup
we got labs genetic tests memory tests mri scans etc

she got the worse diagnosis
mild alzheimers disease
i got the milder diagnosis
mild cognitive impairment amnestic type the precursor to alzheimers

we were both placed on meds
she on aricept and namenda
i on aricept

she was further along
she had early onset since she was diagnosed at 59
it seems to go faster than late onset
which it did
real fast it seems

back 5 years ago when she was diagnosed and i was diagnosed
i would watch her coaching on the sidelines
she stared seemed to miss stuff
i thought sadly
thats where i might be in 5 years

actually i really thought thats where i would be today

lucky for me
i am actually better

sadly for her
she went down hill
hitting that downward alzheimers decline that when its reached
it can happen fast
sliding down into those last days before death
a merciful event

at the time of her diagnosis she said
you cant always control what happens
but you can control how you handle it

that was her approach
she handled it with class
establishing along the way
the pat summitt foundation which has done a lot to advance
alzheimers education and research
she left her mark she did

i used her as my inspiration
i adopted her motto
to face my diagnosis in the open
to freely talk about it
to freely talk about alzheimers
and
to do what i can to advance the cause

she did her job
i am trying to do my job

i have gotten a delayed reprieve
which i want to take advantage of
since
like pat summitt
i feel the clock ticking
this disease always wins in the end

hopefully we can stop this trend

thanks for all you did pat summitt
you will be missed
thanks for the inspiration
may you r i p


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www.txalz.org/walk

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the organicgreen doctor


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

dear ms b-dont worship

DEAR MS B-DONT WORSHIP

ms b
i read this sad story
sorry about talking about a sad story
of an pretty 18 year old who just died from melanoma

now when i was a little guy
my generation called the baby boomers
were all sun worshipers

many of us used sunscreen stuff
go to any beach and any pool
there would be folks there with
baby oil with a tincture of iodine in it
to be used as a block of the sun
also to make you skin if you were white more golden
like you know
donald trump

of course this didnt block no sun
we all got burned and would get so dark
that some doubted what race we were
back when folks paid more attention to that sort of stuff

yes i got burned multiple times
as
we were outside from sunrise to sunset during the heat of the
summer
much of the time with shirts off

now in my medical practice i have had several folks
young ones with melanoma
some are still alive
some are not
all loved the sun

now a days it seems parents are more concerned about
providing sun protection
i know yours are

sun also ages the skin besides causing the other cancers
basil cell and squamous cell
slower easier treatable skin cancers

melanoma
its the bad one
it can go fast and spread anywhere
just ask jimmy carter
luckily for him he responded to a new drug that may
have cured his disease

now
since we are using so much sun protection
there are more and more kids and adults
who have low vitamin d levels
from the lack of sun
which is necessary to convert the vitamin d in the skin

there is it seems
a right amount of sunlight for the skin
too much does damage

so
ms b
use that sunscreen a strong one
keep yourself covered
but
somewhere in all this
you do need some sunlight on your skin

wish i had known all this growing up

now im pretty good about using hats long sleeves
sunscreen
usually

gma and i dont want no coppertone baby

the organicgreen doctor


Monday, June 27, 2016

brexit hits home

BREXIT HITS HOME
great britain is a long way from central texas
but
the world has changed since i was born
when i was in high school
when i was in college
when i was in medical school

for the best
i dont know
but
i think the world is about to find out this year

Image result for brexit
chronicle.com

the brexit happened last week
how could great britain hurt me here at the country n
who gives a heck what they do
let them secede
become isolationists

if i remember correctly the us tried this before
well several times
it never seems to work out

heck
we almost let hitler take over all of europe
including great britain
maybe russia before we got involved

the worlds not the same anymore
i can email or text folks anywhere in the world
and
hear back from them in a few minutes

i actually have readership of this blog from several different
countries
my blog is listed as favorites on blogs from europe australia
new zealand etc

so what even i say has a tiny influence on someone there

so a bigger influence like brexit
can have a major influence
maybe a big bad wolf one

on friday folks lost over 2 trillion dollars in the market
the total world market is 49 trillion dollars
as
brexit did its thing
xing the market real good

the worst that happened during the great recession that
started in 2008
was 1.9 trillion dollars
we all know how bad that recession hurts us

i looked at some of our mutual funds in our retirement plans
yesterday
on saturday we lost
$20,000 in just one mutual fund
not counting what we lost in the others
the only one that gained was a short term bond fund
interesting across the world folks went for gold and us government bonds

so we took a hit personally
lets say i am worth $500,000 then i lost 4% of my net worth on friday

so when we make political decisions
not thinking them through
they have repercussions for millions of folks
sometimes severe ones

i have no doubt if i was a great briton i would have voted
to stay in the eu or european union

it aint the 1950s or 1960s or 1970s or 1980s
the world
folks
has changed
it wont ever ever return to the world as we knew it

we are all tied together
internet cell phones financially etc

so as we all listen to the politicians this year
we cant go back to where we were
change has and is and will happen
you better get on for the ride or you will get left behind

dont let them set us back
to where we were
lets be progressive

think about brexit when you vote
think about what it is doing and will do to the world
we cant afford to get this wrong this year

the organicgreen doctor