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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

follow up, post view, dry river

met with the neurologist yesterday
reviewed all the testing ive had done
basically i have mild cognitive impairment amnestic type that likely
is from alzheimers disease
as ive written before you cant reach that 100% surety of this diagnosis
while a person is alive

when all my chips are put together the pile of chips imply that
this is what my diagnosis is
so i have to accept this with some degree of uncertainty and
just move on

i will stay on my aricept 10 mg for now and continue to monitor
my situation as we are doing

later this week i will have an 8 hour neuropsychological exam
for my disability insurance company
will blog about that experience on friday if im able to think
after doing all of that

next in september i am doing  a video interview that will be used
for physician education
in october i go back for my adni-2 research followup appointment
no scans or spinal taps this time
they also will reinterview my wife she again at that time

guess i have to be on good behaviour until then

i will continue to take my medications,  eat a good diet, exercise
daily, keep active mentally and keep advocating for alzhiemers

yesterday i had an interview about my situation (sounds like
tv words)and had pictures taken

these will be used by the university of texas medical center
alzheimers research center newsletter, website, and other
educational venues
will post them when they become available

hopefully some person will read it and become involved in the
research center like i did

good interviewer

this weekend i got to do something i will never get to do again
unless this drought we are in doesnt go away

we have a river a quarter of a mile away from us that since we
have lived here has not ever stopped flowing
well now it has stopped flowing

so i decided to walk up the river bed to the highway bridge over
the river
luckily for the remaining fish frogs snakes and animals there are
large pockets of water scattered over the 2 miles that i walked
the river bed
each of these holes had a concentrated number of fish in them
some of them were large
wanted to go home and get my fishing pole to catch some of those
big ones however
i realize that when the rains do come back that those remaining
fish will be the genetic restocking of the river until the next
drought occurs (last time was 50 years ago)
so i left them alone

walking down the river bed was like taking a slow canoe trip
down the river but without the water

you could see where the animals mainly raccoons and deer
had come to the water holes to drink and get food
did not see any hog or mountain lion tracks or human tracks

the bluffs were quite high in places
i did not realize they were that high around here on this river

as i looked up on the bluffs thought about the movie
did not hear any banjo music and did not see any pig tracks

there were some places where i had to get off of the river bed
and walk on the banks because there was a full river bed

the water was deep in this area and looked like a small lake
i also realized how deep this river was in places when the
water is flowing

where our dogs usually swims is 5 feet deep
glad i did not wander over there with them
may have fallen into some of those holes

i also realized that there are a lot of good fishing holes
along this river that i should have been fishing

there was a cool breeze blowing down the river bed
cooled by the pools of water
there were birds singing along the way and there were
leaves rustling
along the way i just stopped and took it all in
wont get another chance in my lifetime

you have to seize the moment when it happens

remember that

the organicgreen doctor