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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, September 6, 2010

what to take to the doctors, another rooster story

these are the things i do when i go to the doctor

arrive early-sometimes if you are lucky they can get you in earlier
be registered, pay copay before your appoinment time
if late you may get placed out of rotation-some one who
came in early may get in before you

bring in a list of why you came in and what you are most concerned with
if you have a lot of things on your list prioritize them
list most important ones first

dont do the ohbytheway as the doctor is leaving the room
have found that that ohbytheway item is usually the most important

on men it is usually a request for erectile dysfunction meds

if on multiple meds bring in your pill bottles
have discovered over the years multiple prescription errors or
duplication of meds from different doctors

list medications you  are on and list of allergies
dont presume the doctor has a correct list

list the specialist you see and what you see them for
some people are seeing too many doctors
some they really dont need to be seeing

list your significant medical history eg high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, etc
what surgeries you have had and what procedures you have had

some patients bring in a running medical history with dates and why
they were seen, what labs or xrays done, hospital or emerency room visits, etc

if you are reading this blog you probably have a computer
and can keep one stored on your computer

the more doctors you are seeing the more this is important

this can prevent medical errors, duplication of labs, prescriptions, unnecessary visits

this information saves the doctor time while he/she is in the room with you
makes more time available for caring for you

a relative from out of state called yesterday and told us her rooster story

before leaving to go out of town she had bought several baby 'hens'
she had a caretaker to care for them while she was away

they returned after more than a month away
two of the hens were crowing
the neighbors let them know about it also

when she went out to check on them one of the "hens that crowed"
took after her and ran her back into her house
love to watch that when it happens
know it scares me when not expecting it

think ill send her our rooster rake that we used to protect ourself from larry the rooster

the organicgreen doctor

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