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

Friday, August 19, 2011

post exam, storms, duct tape

did my 8 hour exam yesterday to satisfy the disablility insurance
people even though i had a good evaluation done by a reputible
institution (university of texas medical center memory clinic and
alzheimers research center) which included even more work up
than most people would have been able to get
wasnt enough for them though so they just wanted to torture
me a little more

all if have to say is the exam sucked
especially on the parts i consistently have problems with
i already know what they are and its frustrating to take them
because you know youll not do well on them

the short term memory problems i have are pretty consistent through
all the tests i have done
i think the aricept may have helped some but it did not help 100%
also realize that the aricept is short lived in it effectiveness

(usually some one with mild cognitive impairment amnestic with the
apoe 4/apoe4 alzheimers genotype may have about 3 years of
good benefit before it starts to decline)

these short term memory tests that i have problems with are like
if you walk into a school exam totally unprepared and the material
you totally dont understand and you totally bomb the exam
thats what its like
you have to take several just like that
its why i call this the torture test
give me the spinal tap any time

i also did a mmpi tests where you answer over 500 questions
do you hate your mother
do you play with doll
do you hear voices
it is a test for abnormal personality traits
the answer to all of the above questions is no except #2
as i did have 3 sisters so i did play with dolls some
think i probably came out ok on the mmpi test

overall i still noticed i had problems with short term memory that
has persisted over the last 8 months
some of the tests that were done were chosen to check out what i
had noticed as a problem
do realize i have lost a significant part of my math skills
much more than i thought
this may have been the most disturbing portion of the whole
8 hours of exams

now i am on my wife shes level when it comes to math

i now get a months break from all this stuff until mid september
when my wife she and i go up to the alzheimers research center to
do a demonstration video how how to do a mental status evaluation
it will be used for medical school and residency educational purposes

it probably should be shown to most primary care providers also

the funding for this project comes from donations from people
like you to the alzheimers research center

dont forget the walk to end alzhiemers at where you live or to the
walk to end alzhiemers that my team is doing in austin on saturday
october 15, 2011

you can make a general donation, donate to a particular team,
and or join one of the teams

every one is welcome to join my team and donations are appreciated
people have donated $5.00 up to $500
some kids are even donating their piggy banks and money they
have raised for the walk
$100 donation and joining the team gets you a walk to end
alzheimers t shirt

my team site organicgreendoctor.com can be found  at this link
or go to www.alz.org and click on the walk to end alzhiemers logo

cant do it without your help

dang it tropical storm 8 is going west into southern mexico
there are two more storms abrewing out east and seem to be
headed our way a little more favourably
we just want one of them to head this way and dump some
rain on us so i can fill up the holes in my pastures and
fill up my rainwater tanks

more uses for duct tape
use to wrap your ankles before sports if needed for support
use it on your finger nails instead of finger nail polish especially if
you want black nails (gothic look)
use it to remove finger nail polish
and this may be the best use ever

have a good weekend

the organicgreen doctor

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