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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


i am on a run of dreams
that occur now when i nap and when i sleep at night

they are all triggered from the side effect of aricept (donpezil)
that i take for possible alzheimers

i don t know why they have increased in degree lately
and why they are so vivid
ok i dont really care
as generally i enjoy them as usually they are pleasant
and nondisturbing

a google search found one researcher who
said it activates the visual association cortex during rem sleep
boy does it ever make stuff real vivid

like last week when that lady dressed like an antebellum southern
belle who was like a witch
was drifting along the walls of our bedroom
i tried to warn my wife she but i couldnt wake up enough
to yell and scare that wench away the bellle not my wife she

i was paralyzed it felt like but i woke with a start
swinging my arms and yelling hey hey get the hell out of here

i turned over and there my wife she was
sound asleep
i didnt need to make such a scene after all
i went back to sleep

so the donepezil enhances the rem sleep to make things
more vivid
think legal lsd
tripping out every night
last night i was stuck on this pedestal over the ocean
it was real high
too high to jump
but i had to get down because the time was out and we
all had to leave
why i was there and why we had to leave i dont know
just tripping was all i was doing

taking it in the morning makes it less likely to occur
wait i already take it in the morning
wow what dreams i have at night though
so vivid
lately my noon naps are good ones also
makes me looking forward to the next episode
you know like true detective or something

last week we were staying at this house
the house was my parents house
but not really it was a house we lived in just north of here
for a few years
but not really that one but another larger one
this marauding motorcycle gang came by with their
machines aroaring
but they were all in suvs instead of cycles
they chased us into the woods
luckily for us
i woke up and no one got hurt

then the other night i was working at the last clinic i worked
at when i retired
and some of the doctors were conniving to get rid of me
because they heard that i might have alzheimers disease
and was on aricept
they didnt want the stigma of having me around
they were trying to force me out
i beat them
i woke up and they all went away

why am i writing about this
if you have a love one on this drug
be aware how confusing it may be for them if they are
more advanced than i am
they im sure will get these dreams interwoven in with reality
and may not be able to tell the difference

one of my goals of this blog since i am so early in the disease
is to let you know what happens in the brain
what your loved one may be thinking
what effect does this have on you the patient
no one really has written about all this before

i have time
as i expect things will progress slowly
to let you know
whats happening upstairs in this brain
and try to put in on paper or on this page

whoa what was that over in the corner of the room
that just flashed and went away
am i in rem sleep or what

oh whew it was just my verizon card flashing letting
me know the signal had dropped off

sometimes this all seems strange at times

but i plan on dreaming on
let you know when they are good ones

the organicgreen doctor


  1. It didn't take us long to recognize that my father in law could no longer tell the difference between dreams and reality, particularly as we knew that there were no RVs parked outside his room in the nursing home, and we also knew that he didn't own a parrot, which apparently, he named 'Parrot' because that way he could remember its name.

    1. i understand your dad completely
      the first thing i do when i get up is tell my wife she about my dreams
      she is always amused
      and says she wishes she could dream like that

  2. TOGD, are you sure, that what you do every day is not a dream, and what you do in your "sleep" is actually reality? I think what we think we do everyday is a dream!

    1. i do live in a dream world
      i am financially secure
      i am married to a great wife and have two healthy kids
      i am busy and feel satisfied at the end of each day
      i just have this small bump in the road called alzheimers that may get in the way in the future
      i love my dreams since they are usually not disturbing