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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
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ladder guys, salud, degrees

this holiday season dont become a ladder guy
whats a ladder guy

when i was in practice i had a list of people who had
fallen off ladders and had gotten injured some severely
even some were repeat offenders
we called them the ladder guys

so when they would come in to see me i would
say hey youre a ladder guy
some didnt think that was funny and others did
they got the point
they also heard from that from their wifes and family
the wifes really liked it when i told them they were on
the ladder guy list
since they wouldnt listen to them

two of the worst was a man who fell off his ladder
punctured his lung
fractured his back
broke multiple ribs
had internal injuries
spent weeks in rehab
he learned his lesson and stays off ladders

another patient the only female on the list
seems men always do the stupid things
was on a ladder hanging a picture and fell on to
her back and permanently disabled her
she had back surgery but continued to have
severe pain that required daily pain meds via
pain management

these meds masked the symptoms of cancer she had
it was not discovered until it showed up as a metastatic
lesion on the skin
she eventually survived all  of this but still has daily pain
and must take pain management meds

so men and women stay off those ladders
dont be a ladder guy and
definitely dont be stupid enough to join the list twice

i saw some of you on facebook putting up lights
the only way you could have gotten those lights up
was to be on a ladder that could put you on the
ladder guy list

be safe
dont ruin your holidays

salud is the name of mary rosers blog
she is the one that wrote the article in the austin american statesman
she wrote a blog about the zen book that was mentioned in the article
click here to read the blog
also will add her to my blog list

the degrees of separation between you and someone else
use to be 6

now it is 4.73
thanks to facebook
and that number is expected to decrease as more social media develops

so if you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who
knows kevin bacon youve reached that degree of separation

actually i know someone who knows kevin bacon
so if you know me then you have a degree of separation of 3 with
kevin bacon

there thats better than facebook

the organicgreen doctor


  1. There is a right way and a wrong way to use a ladder. The difference clearly is knowing the limitations of you and said ladder.

    Same applies to alcohol consumption, drug use(legal) and such...

    (a ladder guy)

  2. Hey, I have a ladder guy....... scary stuff. I told him his life insurance policy isnt big enough for me to raise 4 kids alone. Next year, maybe we will hire the lights done.

  3. Worked on ladders all my life and never fell. Common sense is a must when using any tool but often isn't applied when using ladders. Guess I'm a roof guy though as I did slide off one in 1984 when the paper tore out from under my feet.