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, January 10, 2011

cedar fever, donepezil (aircept) week 3, football, bros bd

let see its not cedar its juniper
it doesnt cause fever but it feels like you have the flu
if you react to it severely enough

the male cedar pollinates just like in humans
they are rusty red (longhorn burnt orange) with the pollen
when we have cold weather  then warm up the pollen is
released sometimes in high counts
last week here the counts were extremely (off the
chart) high

then if we are lucky it rains a lot (like it did this
weekend here) and it washes the pollen off the
trees and the counts stay down until

it gets real cold (like today) and then when it warms up
then there is a another pollen bursts and the counts
go high again
then here come the symptoms again

then the cycle continues

always thought cedar tortured those of us that are
allergic to it

treatment i do
use eye allergy drops when needed
take loratidine 10 mg  (generic claritin) every day
some people irrigate their sinuses or nose with saline
to wash the pollen out of their nasal passages
avoidance if possible however probably almost impossible

symptoms-itchy eyes, watery eyes, runny nose,
and sneeeeeeeeezing
dont enjoy this

am on my third week of the donepezil (aricept)
to slow down the progression of symptoms of mci
after the fourth week will increase dose to 10 mg a day

am starting to get past the first two week window of
adjusting to the medication

the side effects i have noticed are
increased tinnitus that gets better as the day progresses
dont have to take fiber tabs any more
have increased energy that my wife she likes as i can
get a lot done around the house and at the country n

but i have developed insomnia that is documented by
the posting time of most of my blogs but i can live with
that if the medications slow things down

have not noticed any changes physically or mentally otherwise

have not had any stomach upset, diarrhea, muscle cramps,
fatique, anorexia, or weight loss that are common when
taking this medication

one thing that i have noticed this year is that even though
the cedar counts went sky high last week i have not had
any cedar fever symptoms at all  even without taking any
loratidine or eye drops
could it be the donepezil (aricept)

a bad thing can turn out to be good thing

kansas city forgot to show up yesterday
but the ravens did
prediction got that one right +1

mv almost pulled it off but green bay looked good
prediction got it wrong -1

tonight finally is championship night for college football
what took so long
why dont they do it on new years day
let see auburns vince young-like qb cam newton vs
speed of oregon
its auburns cam newtons year
he wins everything
auburn over oregon

if you know my oldest brother wish him a happy 70th
birthday today

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I think you're correct in taking Auburn. We just found out about your site today and will follow from now on. Knowing you were our doctor brought peace of mind to us for the past 18/19 years or whatever it has been. When we moved to Austin we were so thankful you moved your practice. Now like Linda told you once, we don't give up easily, open your garage. Love True Grit, not The Duke but good.

  2. At least we can keep in touch. Thanks for refering me to doctor P. in Temple, Texas

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  4. rn
    my prediction was right and yours
    like true grit now want to see the original one
    was a good 20 yrs
    thanks for the comments

    you are in excellent care w dr p