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, August 31, 2010

visit the ill, garlic planting,my wife she

visit the ill
when you have family or friends gravely ill with cancer, alzheimers, neurological diseases as amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis huntingtons disease, terminal lung or heart diseases or other terminal diseases
it is important to visit them near the end of their lives

this visit helps the caretaker a lot even if it is only for 10-15 minutes
the caretakers get isolated from their friends and families
have visited a lot with caretakers in my office
they can get overwhelmed with the care they have to give
they dont see their family and friends as much

with many of these diseases the patient has total mental capacity until the end
think of being trapped in an ill body but with all your mental capacity present

these visits do mean a lot to them

think of someone today in this situation and visit them
they and you will feel better when you do

where we live it is easy to grow garlic
plant it here in mid october to early november
just put it in the ground and months later you have garlic

get my garlic from an organic nursery that sells the right garlic for this area
also save some cloves from this years harvest to use
also usually have left garlic in my garden when harvesting
so may have garlic coming up with the beans, tomatoes, cabbage etc
can also get garlic cloves from the grocery store and plant them

the secret is the soil  
add 4 inch of good organic compost to my bed
work it in to the soil
then are ready to plant

take the garlic and break it into individual cloves
plant those about 6 inches apart with the pointy end up
if you make a mistake and plant it wrong it still grows

keep it watered if needed   dont water mine much as we usually get enough
rain in the fall and winter here

mulch mine with pine straw if it is cold to protect it

here usually pick it in may or june
whenever the green tops turn brown
we pick ours and tie them in bundles and hang them in our garage or
better inside in our pantry

my wife she called me after she read the story about the snake on the rainwater tank above
the hot tub she was in
think she was hyperventilating a lot      she said she was sweating and shaky when she read
the blog
my wife she said she would not have streaked but would just had a heart attack right there and died
this will cost me a lot

the organicgreen doctor

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