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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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Monday, April 29, 2013

old willie, scans


old willie will be 80 years old today 
according to him 
but according to states records its april 30
of course
i think he should change his birthday to 

if you dont understand why 4/20 and what it means
just ask you kids or your grandkids
my guess is they know what that means

willie played last night at the backyard in the austin area
im quite sure it was packed
and there probably was a strange odor in the air
and im sure austin kept the concert weird

i do admit when i see willie he looks 80 years old
all that rough living hes done
well he actually looks 100 years old
he still has that distinctive voice
and his old guitar

ive seen him play live twice
once in little rock at a concert at barton coliseum
a lot of drunk people
but it was interesting that the people in the crowd were
a mixture of all ages and sizes and looks
obvious red neck country people with dressed up city folks
with a lot of hippie looking people
all enjoying his music
thanks to my medical school friend for introducing us to
willie and his music
ive been hooked since

we took my motherinlaw to a fourth of july picnic in 
ft worth texas
it was hotter n hell
the place was packed all day as tons of other musicians played
then willie showed up when it was cooler in the evening
and everyone didnt seem to mind the wait
yes a lot were drunk and 4/20ed

my motherinlaw endured that hot sun and long day 
but it was worth it 
she sure loves willie

when willie finally leaves us one day which i hope is 
a long time away
there will never ever be another one 

happy birthday today or tomorrow willie
may you have many more

friday i went to dallas and had 
a mri scan of the brain as part of the adni study that im in 
typical mri scan 
louder than hell 
be still for over an hour
stuck up in that cylinder 
keep your eyes open for the next 7 minutes
you ever tried that before without blinking
sorry i blinked couldnt help
why dont you try it and see if you can do it

looked at my old mri scan report
and oops there were some white matter hyperintensities (wmh)
areas on my scan
had forgot about those
since the scan more has been written about these
they are found commonly in elderly patients 
but im not elderly
if you have an increased number of these they can be associated with 
an increased risk for developing dementia alzheimers and stroke 
are found in patients with high blood pressure obesity diabetics high cholesterol

this is why its important to keep these things under good tight control 
over a life time

i only have one or two which are not significant
hopefully all im doing to control things with my health 
living right eating right exercising controlling my cholesterol and blood pressure
and maintaining a normal weight will keep those wmh where they are now

then i had a glucose metabolism pet scan of the brain 
got an iv infusion of labelled glucose 
when i got home that night my wife she said you sure taste sweet 
when she kissed me

in alzheimers patients since they cant use the glucose in the damaged 
brain cells there is no uptake of the labelled glucose
and it will show up as blank areas on the scan 

my last glucose metabolism pet scan of brain was normal

spinal tap for beta amyloid and tau protein
amyvid pet scan of the brain for beta amyloid

the organicgreen doctor

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