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
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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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

new year resolutions, the game

my wife she and i did not sit down and do any new years
resolutions this year on january 1, 2011
we were just 2 weeks from receiving my diagnosis and
my starting medication
the previous week before new years was when we
did what is equivalent to new years resolutions

we decided to change our diets and eat better
we already generally ate a american heart association diet
but tweaked it with a mediterranean version
(except of course have added chocolate and snickers)

we decided to start exercising every day
i do ranch aerobics every day at the country n
but now added long walks 2-3 miles to the daily exercise
will commonly take the dogs with us to the river so they
can swim as it is only 5 minutes away
it is so quiet and relaxing
you can just stand there watching the dogs in the river,
hear the birds, hear the wind blowing through the trees
with no outside noises
its sometimes hard to turn back to go back home

we drink a glass of red wine each night
that helps to raise the good hdl (mine was low) cholesterol
and may help with cognitive decline but was already doing that

relax relax  
that may be one of the most important ones of all    
am at peace with everything      have accepted what
may be in the future  
at least my mind may go first before my body goes    
am lucky if IT happens this way
although this would be worse on my wife she

we resolved  to get all our paperwork in order for living will,
will, durable power of attorney, power of attorney for health care,
(will get no cpr tattooed across my  chest) and other paper work
we will sit down and discuss all this together and
will discuss with our sons so every one knows what we want

actually everyone should do this anyway
we are lucky that we can do this now together
dont wait

we also are getting our financial house in order
i am retiring 3-5 years before i planned
but we despite making a good income for several years have
always lived frugally and have been able to do the things we
want to do when we want to do them
this may change some

have to do an exit interview with the clinic i work for so will
know more about the future regards sick pay, fmla (didnt think
i would have to deal with that personally-wish had been better
about doing these for patients), malpractice coverage for the rest of
my life, health care (now know all about cobra-thanks to obama
care can now extend to about 21/2 years), and work on
what to do with my 401k
may be able to get long term disability (have  long term
disability insurance) as can not practice medicine again

my wife she and i want to spend more time with our families
and to do some traveling to areas we have not been
(google  hwy one california trip to the right of this blog)
i dont want to be traveling to those places later if i dont know im
we also are in the middle of a wedding journey with our son
and his finance
so we should have a busy year

so we had a busy week before new years
maybe 1-1- 2012 we will do new years resolutions
just hope that both our health  stays the same

now thats what a championship football game  should be like
auburn wins
prediction +1

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Hi Dr Nash. I just found out the news on your diagnosis. I will be praying for you. We are going to miss you so much. You are such a wonderful doctor. You have always been such a support to me and my family. You have always been there to listen and we really Love You. Take care of yourself. Hopefully we will get to see you one of these days.

  2. thanks
    enjoyed your kids
    wish them well
    tell j good luck

  3. Hi Dr Nash. The kids (Jared, Wyatt, Burke and Celeste), my wife Shannon and Myself (Gabriel) were shocked to hear that you have left. You have been our doctor a long time and we will miss you. Fight hard and live life to the fullest. We were at Big Sur, HWY 1 in November. You must go.

  4. g
    will miss you guys
    am already planning the hwy one trip for march

  5. I am saddened by this news and will miss you so much. I've received such great care from you for so many years and always loved your dry sense of humor. I wish you and your family all the best.