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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
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Friday, November 2, 2012

last walk, bad dream

Walk to End Alzheimers
we are also walking in the bell county/temple 
walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3 2012

you can walk free but a donation to and or joining
my organicgreendoctor team is appreciated

tomorrow is the last of the three walks we are doing for
the alzheimers associations walk to end alzheimers

last weekend at the austin walk there was an elderly man
probably in his mid 70s
he was in a wheel chair
i first encountered him on the walk up one of the small
hills that the walk had on it this year

he was faced backwards and was pushing himself up the
hill in the wheelchair
a younger man i presume it was his son was helping to
guide the wheelchair up the hill as the old man provided
all the power with his legs to get the chair up the hill

i offered to help pull him up the hill
his presumed son said no he wants to do this himself
he struggled and sweated and was short of breath but he
got up over that hill and coasted down the other side

i understand his motivation
probably he was walking for his wife is my guess
i was walking for my mom dad and younger brother
and for myself

what an inspiration this old man was
i understand

ive written before about my vivid dreams that are caused by
the aricept (donepezil) that i take for my diagnosis of
mild cognitive impairment that may be due to alzheimers disease
and how they are never bad ones

well i had a bad one

last night i was in the denver airport
guess denver because of all the talk about colorados role in
the election as a swing state

met little abbie and her family there guess because someone
had written me a message that they had read the blog about
her and how it was such an inspiration (her blog is the one of
my popular blog posts on the list to the right of this blog)

also ran into several patients of mine at the airport
some had medical problems that they needed help with
so i stopped and spent time with them to help them get
the right advice on where to go to get the right care and treatment
for their problems

guess thats because i had a patient a teenager i had talked to
this week about a medical problem she had and was able
to give some advice about what evaluations she needed to have done

i of course have to be careful since i have given up my license and
cant legally practice medicine anymore-thanks to my diagnosis and
my personal choice to end my career

so there i was in the denver airport actually with a group of former
patients that were all flying on the same plane back to austin that
i was to fly on

i use to have an old silver metal briefcase that i got when i was in
college from my historian brother and i used it all the way
through college medical school and my early practice
think something james bond would have carried stuff in in his
early movies
ive since donated it to one of my former patients who needed an
old briefcase for a school project using it as a star wars or something
like that prop

in my dream i put my wallet my cell phone my jacket and my airline
ticket in that old briefcase
i sat it down as i ordered a drink
when i got ready to board the plane i couldnt find my briefcase

so there i was in the denver airport without a wallet or id without a
cellphone without a ticket and if you are like me you have no idea
of anyones cell phone numbers
i know mine and our home number and no one elses
not even my wife shes number

what was i going to do

what i did was woke up suddenly and couldnt go back to sleep
i had wanted to finish this dream to get a better outcome

bad dream

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Don't know if you already wear one, but a medical alert bracelet with your wife's cell phone engraved on the back - might give you some peace of mind. The come in all varieties of shapes, colors, and sizes: https://www.google.com/search?q=medical+alert+bracelet+men&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=wvGTUMI3i67QAYTQgdgM&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=890

    1. mary
      not remembering phone numbers is a lifelong problem ive always had
      im not quite ready yet for the bracelet but will get one when the time comes
      maybe a purple one