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 30, 2011

weather, amoeba, faster

dang it was hot here again
it got to 105 degrees here and will be 108 degrees today
man im cooked

looks like the end of the week is looking better here with temps
possibly down in the low to mid 90s
wonder what that will feel like

at 300 am it is 87 degrees
thats really not a good sign for what will happen today when the
sun comes up

hopefully the predicted rain will come this weekend and we will
get some relief
we may become a desert here

this is when it happens every year
the amoeba gets in the water
it occurs in stagnant water especially in lakes ponds rivers and
especially in coves where the water gets warm and stagnant
the e coli bacteria count gets high
the amoeba naegleria fowleri eats the e coli
the higher the e coli counts the higher the amoeba counts

the stories are all the same
some child jumps in this stagnant water and the amoeba enters
the nasal passages
then a few days later fever and headache and symptoms like
the flu occur with progression to a meningitis like picture

the diagnosis is difficult to make and is almost always fatal
it is usually too late when it is finally discovered

have had the misfortune of having one patient with this disease
the diagnosis wasnt made until after the patients death
it was a very tragic effect that was difficult to prevent
the patient eventually died at a tertiary hospital

be careful swimming and diving in these types of water in this
hot dry rainless summer

now in texas we get to drive 70 instead of 65 at night
we were all doing it any way
wonder what they will do with all of those thousands of
signs they will remove from the highway
hope they recycle them

my wife she got a warning ticket for driving 70 on the toll
road late at night near here
how come she always gets warning tickets and the men get
the real ticket
aint right

also they who ever they are are looking at allowing
speeds of up to 85 mph
texas autobahn here we come

know that the old farmers around here arent affected by this
law at all
just get behind them when you are in a hurry and youll find out
luckily in texas if there is a shoulder the farmer will usually move
over and let you pass
and give you the friendly country wave

the organicgreen doctor


  1. the heat has taken it's toll on the squirrels and the birds. we keep fresh food and water out for them but you can still see how stressed they are.
    Our tomatoes are trying to produce but the out look for them is very bleak.
    Here in carriage hills we are in a mandatory water restrictions. I don't know where you are located but i do know you are out in the country.
    watch those compost piles and pray for rain.

  2. As a fellow Austinite - I'm loving your blog. As a writer/editor for several websites, including www.issueswithalzheimers.com, and with a grandfather who had AD, I feel very connected. Best wishes on your pursuits - You certainly are a writer as well as a physician.

  3. rf
    im on rainwater totally so we are really on
    water restrictions. glad im not a settler in the
    am just barely keeping my maters going
    my chickens keep my compost pile stirred up
    so its probably not going to catch on fire

  4. alicat
    thanks for reading the blog
    will look at your website