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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

watson wows, dre day, neuro appt

that watson is good
wow hes so far ahead that the humans wont be able to
catch up if even they combine their scores
watson did miss the final question but only waged a few dollars
so did not lose much

watson has over $30,000 in winnings so far
the two humans look defeated already
they seem to know many of the answers but just could not
punch the button in time

doubt they can catch him today
wonder what watson will do with his money and the
$1,000,000 prize
maybe split it three ways

today is dre day ie digital rectal exam day
finally broke down and decided to have it done

the last two were done under anesthesia while having a
colonoscopy      now thats cheating right

have already had a psa (prostate specific antigen) which can be
elevated in prostate cancer
mine have always been normal

its recommended that males have an annual dre and psa done over
the age of 40, 50, or 60 (based on who you read)
race and family history alters this recommendation some

these are the only screening tests we have for prostate cancer

until something new comes available then thats what we have
to use to screen for prostate cancer

if you are male and are 50 years or older you need to get
these two done annually
dont whine as women put up this with type of stuff for years
and dont complain

its the least you can do for them

get er done

uneventful event
no change in medication
the research study is 3 months behind so will have to wait until
then to get the other tests i need to have done
will wait for the study so i wont have to get more than 1 spinal tap
that sounds reasonable doesnt it

the spinal tap results will confirm what is already expected in my
diagnosis as the diagnosis is usually made from the
neuropsychological evlauation and on the medical history and
the family history
the spinal fluid is analyzed for two proteins called amyloid protein
and tau protein which are at abnormal levels in the spinal fluid of
people with alzheimers even real early like mine

this will soon be the test that will be added to the others that
people have done in their evaluation for alzheimers
its not readily available yet will it will soon be part of the
standard testing done

it really doesnt alter the treatment plan but just makes the
diagnosis more definite and can be helpful in cases like mine
where the symptoms are so early

the organicgreen doctor

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