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

Monday, January 3, 2011

farmers luck, true grit, football

my other nephew (brother to the one that did not fall into
my rainwater tank) and his mom (the one with the wet
suitcase) sent me a poem/short story that he had read to
his parents
they thought this would be appropriate to my situation

'the farmers luck' from the book zen shorts by jon j muth

there was once an old farmer who worked his crops
for many years

one day, his horse ran away.
upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit

"such bad luck," they said sympathetically

"maybe," the farmer replied
the next morning the horse returned, bringing with it
two other wild horses

"such good luck!" the neighbors exclaimed

"maybe," replied the farmer

the following day, his son tied to ride one of the
untamed horses, was thrown off, and broke his leg

again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy on
his misfortune

"such bad luck," they said

"maybe," answered the farmer

the day after that, military officials came to the village
to draft young men into the army to fight in a war.
seeing that the sons leg was broken, they passed
his by

"such good luck!" cried the neighbors

"maybe," said the farmer

"i get it," said michael     "maybe good luck and bad
luck are all mixed up    you never know what will
happen next."

"yes," stillwater agreed. "you never know

after reading this have decided that although my diagnosis
is a bad thing it may turn out to be a good thing

its a sucky diagnosis but  it was made early, we have time to
prepare for the future, and we can try to educate people
about this terrible disease

two thumbs up LL
jeff bridges deserves academy award for this performance

think that cowboys now have all three qbs for next year
mcgee did a good job
now sign jason garrett and start fixing whats wrong

tonight in the orange bowl its stanford vs va tech
first draft pick in next years draft or at least first qb in draft
prediction stanford
could be their coaches last game

now the play offs begin
some loosing teams are in
that aint right

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I love the farmer post. My dad is a farmer and it sounds so like him. So much is out of his...our...control. Many times all we can do is keep our heads out of the sand (e.g. be educated)....and probably more importantly, choose how we react. I was deeply sad to receive your letter, but greatly heartened to read your blog, esp this post. As you may remember, Chris and I are no strangers to "sucky" diagnoses. And indeed lots of good came out of them. It’s a hard admission, that we have more joy now because of the bad AND in spite of an uncertain future. But I think that’s exactly the point. When faced with an uncertain future, we had to really examine our beliefs and priorities and figure things out. Now we have a deep & abiding faith that carries us through -- come what may. In the end, we chose not to live in fear and despair, but rather hope & love. We can live more in the moment and certainly with more appreciation for family & friends. It’s given us perspective (helped us choose relationships over work). And, like you want to do, it’s helped us to share our story so others can be inspired by where we’ve been.

    I can't do much other than pray for you. So here goes....Heavenly Father, Thank you for Dr. Nash. For the young boy who knew himself so well, to the man who spoke like a duck for the sake of his young patients, to the man who now faces his uncertain future with 'true grit.' You created him. You know him. You love him. Father, you are the ultimate care-giver. Continue to rain your blessings down on him and his family. We thank you for the joy he found in helping others and we thank you that he will still be able to do so. We now ask for precious, peaceful sleep. For continued tolerance of the medications. For peace of mind. For the best possible outcome. We know you have plans for him…plans to give him hope and a future (Jer 29:11). We will continue to ask for these things in the faith that our prayers will be answered. Until then, may you, the God of hope, fill him & his family with all joy and peace…(Rom 15:13).

    Dr. Nash, thank you for the care of our family. It won’t be the same without you and I’m sad. But I’m glad for all the people you’ll inspire. I look forward to keeping up with you via your blog. And hopefully, I can still get you a Christmas card so you can see the kids grow.
    Cathy White
    (& Chris, Connor, Olivia, James & Mary Cathryn)

  2. cw
    will miss the twinss
    you have a great family
    wish yall the best