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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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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

Friday, July 8, 2011

alzheimers myths, ouch thanks duct tape, walk to end alzheimers

here are the last 3 myths from caring.com

7     dads alzheimers will make him an aggressive and angry
person and he will lash out at us

this disease affects people differently
some people become more reserved and timid
some people will feel frustrated or angry at times
perhaps from being in a new environment or from being

8     alzheimers disease is reversible

the sucky thing is its not reversible
early on a person may function well for years then
have a rapid decline
there is not way to cure it or reverse it
the medications im on only slows the disease symptoms down
but the disease process just marches on unabated

9     there is no bright side to an alzheimers diagnosis

i agree
it gradually robs your brain and your personality and can cause
a considerable drain emotionally and financially on those who
provide the care

many families reconnect after the diagnosis
they realize nows the time
there wont be another time to get to know the person, get
family history, get information from old photographs, etc
looking back with my mom we missed out on obtaining
information on the past
lucky the older siblings remember a lot from her younger
days from talking with her and being with her

seize the moment

so had a great photo from the dreier museum of a unique use
of duct tape
that will be saved for later after the event of yesterday

i have gotten behind on cleaning up my property this spring
because of all the wedding journey stuff and because of the
weekend larrys party and because of the heat and because
was waiting for the late blooming wildflowers to finally go
to seed before i mowed and weed eated

yesterday as i worked outside in the heat i was bending over
working on my water pump as i hooked it up to pump water
to my garden rainwater tanks
i was on my knees and felt fire ants in my drawers
on my left side
dang they hurt bad
so i squashed them by patting my gloved hand on my left
as i continued to work those fire ants kept biting me
dang thought i killed all them
so eventually i took off my gloves
called my wife she and
dropped drawers right there in the yard
(the advantage of living in the country with no neighbors nearby)
my wife she started laughing
she wanted to take pictures of me in my work boots and old
dirty filthy stained work shirtt and old floppy hat and
with my drawers laying on the ground
wouldnt let her do it though
dang those fire ants

so my wife she says you got cactus stuck on your butt
i didnt think it was funny but she sure did
(guess thats payback for all the snake stories huh)

so she went inside and got a roll of duct tape
glad im not a hairy butt guy
she rolled the duct tape in a circle and removed most of the
cactus stickers with the duct tape
she rolled the tape across the area and also put on strips and
ripped them off real fast
think she enjoyed this too much at my expense

eventually i replaced my undies and shorts with cactus sticker free
ones and went back to work

add that to the use of duct tape

we still need donations for the organicgreendoctor.com team for the
walk to end alzheimers in october here in austin
you may make donations and or join my team or
find a local walk to end alzheimers in your area

it may be the only disease that 100% of you will affected in
some way

go to our walk to end alzheimers team page to join or donate

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Hate to laugh at your expense but just can't help it. I can just see you now, dancing around with your pants at your ankles. You're right about being able to do that, I love living in the country.

  2. Thanks for the great image through words, I could not help but laugh so hard my belly now aches....:) Thank you JN, for NOT getting a picture of that......