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

Thursday, December 23, 2010

the dreaded doctor visit

yesterday i said good by to my job as a practicing family
im leaving not because i want to but because genetics has
bit me in the ass
no one knows yet that yesterday was my last day
not my nurse, not my patients, not my fellow partners, not
the administration
no one got to say good bye to me
thats the way i wanted it

today i meet with a neurologist to review my neuro-
psychological testing that was done so that i can enter
studies in the universities azlheimers research area

i entered this to be a control subject in their study
a control subject is some one who does not have a disease
who is followed along with patients who have the disease
it looks like i might be a subject now  not a control subject

i knew when i went there originally that i had noticed some
subltle changes
no one else had noticed these changes  but i had
not even my wife she has noticed any changes

if you know me or met me you would not notice anything
(except i couldnt remember your name
a long problem i have had for 30 years)

it appears that those subtle changes are present and those
changes  will probably make me not want to work anymore
as they could interfere with my ability to practice medicine

wonder if and when my mom noticed these changes
how long before we noticed her  symptoms did this happen
to her

what about my close relative who was working
did he notice these changes months to years before
others noticed them
when did his wife notice them
when did they begin to interfere with his work

next the followup to the neurology visit

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I just found out about this about an hour ago. I'm at a loss for words here. Soooooooo SUCKS.

    Your work as a physician has had such a tremendous impact upon my life, more than you could possibly know, and for that I am so grateful to you. I'm no good at goodbye's, either, and so I'm not going to say one now.

    Stay positive, and I wish you all the best in the world with this study! I will be praying for you and keeping you in my thoughts! :)

    Cne' Schneider

  2. Dr. Nash,
    I found out today what you are going through and that you will no longer be practicing medicine. I am very sorry to hear all of this. I just want to thank you for being such a positive, supportive friend when I was beginning my career. I know that you will be alright and that you will continue to be an incredible man, husband, father. Also know that my family and I will be thinking about you always.

    Coach Elizondo

  3. thanks cne
    wish you the best for the future

  4. thanks colby
    you had a lot of influence on my youngest son
    he will always remember you

  5. Dr. Nash,

    Back in 2003, your diagnosis literally saved my life. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. My prayers are with you and your family.


    Eric Maude

  6. em
    thaks eric
    for the comment
    7 years ago thats good news