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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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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, July 28, 2014

my own

thats what she said 
when she was interviewed

her mother died when she was 8
she was a foster child after that
many of you know what that is like
it can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing

as a doctor ive seen both sides of the story
the good and the bad

lucky ones get a good home 
and even more lucky ones get adopted into 
this new home

many dont fair as well

this mother a school nurse 
my guess not a rn or a lvn but probably an aide but i dont
know the full story on that one
had their home she and her young son was living in burn to 
the ground
the next months were spent living in motels friends and family homes
even a period of homelessness
their remaining material things were scattered in different places
across the county

she did the lengthy application process 
and won out over several applicants

remember these homes are not just given to them
they have to do 300+ hours of sweat equity
i mean sweating a lot sometimes
do several classes on finances home care yard care life care
then they pay for the house at 0%  interest rate for 20 yrs
the total amount they pay is based on how much is donated 
and how much volunteer help is used
we those who volunteer reduce the labor costs down to only the
special contractors like plumbing electrical or concrete work
we do the rest

they are assigned a mentor who follows them for months

in this area you can not get a decent apartment for the amount
her monthly payments would be which includes mortgage insurance 
and taxes

pretty darn good deal thanks to the generosity of others

eg my contribution will be i plan and supervise the landscaping
using what money is left over and what landscape supplies i 
can get folks to donate
trying to do this xerically and in such  way that they dont have to pay 
so much for upkeep

what landscaping we do on each house is based on the dollars we have
the wishes of the owners

my wife she also works helping me with the landscaping some
i also do some of the construction work based on what bothers
my back from last years ruptured disk
putting up tyvek putting up outside sheathing of the osb plywood
bothers me the most
the landscaping and most of the other work doesnt bother me much

my primary contribution is landscaping though
my new feature is to encourage more recycling from the job site
especially metal plastic cardboard rocks some wood like pallets
some of which can be sold to help fund things
plus its less habitat has to pay for dumping at the land field

shall we say a more green construction site

then ive added a new contribution to this build site
the one for this struggling mom and her son 
that is to make a home
that has a nice yard
that is easy to maintain 
a vegetable garden designed by the organicgreen doctor
that will be one of the best landscaped houses in the area

that where the readers of this blog can help
we need some donations to be able to reach our goals and the 
new homeowners of a yard and garden she can enjoy
something since her childhood she has wanted
for herself and her family
something she never had

you can help by clicking here and making a small contribution
to the cause
also volunteer sometimes at your local habitat for humanity

the organicgreen doctor

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