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 17, 2011

i have a dream, w4ad5, asparagus, 10 signs #1, shower water, bday

today is mlk day
shame on two local schools for not celebrating his day
his i have a dream speech is one of  the most famous speeches
of the last century

i remember where i was when jfk was killed
i remember where i was when mlk was killed

mlk was one of the most important figures in american
history during the 1900s
his peaceful movement for civil rights had ended up
transcending all races, all politics, both genders
the rights we all have from that movement may not have
occurred without it

the 60s was a radical time
thank goodness that cnn, msn, and fox wasnt around then
there was a radical antigovernment, antimilitary, antieverything
movement that could have destroyed us

the mlk movement transcended all of that

take a moment of silence for this great man and what he stood for
and hope that we continue to progress peacefully into the future

i have a dream...

week 4 aricept (donepezil) 5 mgm
no new side effects
still with more energy in daytime
still with some insomnia
no changes good or bad are noted
next week go to w1ad10

there is an aspargus crowns shortage at the local nurseries
because of the excessive rains in the western united states
they should be available soon
it wont be too late to plant them

will post these warnings signs for early alzheimers each day

i dont have any of these signs yet
as i have early mild cognitive impairment amnesic type that is
thought to be the precursor to early alzheimers

my findings only show up on more elaborate neuropsychological
testing however i do notice them but others dont yet

#1 memory changes that disrupt daily life.   one of the most
common signs of alzheimers, especially in the early stages is
forgetting recently learned information     also including forgetting
important dates or events, asking for the same information over
and over and relying on memory aides( eg reminder notes or electronic
devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

whats typical or 'normal'
sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering
them later

this is from the alzheimers association website www,alz.org

a local organic gardener keeps a 5 gallon bucket in his
shower to catch that first run of water until the shower water
gets hot      this water is then used for flushing, watering plants,

he also has a feature on his shower head that limits the flow
rate on the shower and a lever that you can turn off the shower
if you are doing a navy shower

he also catches the excessive water from showering and uses
it to flush his toilets

if you have a rainwater collection system you are more
sensitive to the overuse of water
if you overuse it you run out

thats not good

thats not ever happened here even with  the droughts we have had

today is the birthday of another great american
benjamin franklin
(he was also noted for this swimming ability)

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. Love your tribute to Martin Luther King! I should be out doing community service today (guilt ensues). Instead I will be doing mommy service (laundry).