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

Monday, April 23, 2012

new house, dream, dr b

last saturday we started a new house for the habitat for humanity
this one is larger at 1500 square foot with a 2 car garage
its is a nice neighborhood in a town near the location of the
first house

the family is a working mom with three children who has waited
for 3 years to get this house
she stated the process you go through is a long gruelling one to
be the one to qualify
but she feels like its all worth it now that she is about to get into her
new house with her kids
the economy downturn really delayed the process at the habitat
for getting loan approval
yep even they were affected by on the mess caused by our financial
institutions and by our congressman both democratic and republican
(both sides are equally responsible)

so the mom is excited
the same workers are there working
many have thousands of hours donated to building these houses
also the first day the same large group from a local company was
there to volunteer
the house was completely framed and squared off
now today we put up the osb sides and the trusses
we are working every day for 7 days to get a jump start on
this build as there is grant money that was donated but has
to be used before july 1

this one is number 50 for this group
congratulations mom

i learned yesterday ive been using the wrong hammer for years
no wonder it was so hard to nail all those hundred of nails over the
dropped a hint for a new hammer for fathers day
hint hint

whoa had another aricept (donepezil) dream last night
thats one of the side effect of the medicine usually not a bad
one though
the dreams are so real
it sometimes takes me a few minutes to leave them and realize
that they are only dreams
the other side effect i have is insomnia that comes and go
(also is a side effect of the disease)
and seems to run in several day batches
im on one of those several day batches now
am glad im retired so i can catch up with the sleep im missing

just wonder if they have put too much aricept (donepezil) in those pills
sometimes i think thats what happened
just have no way to prove it without spending a lot of money
to find out
i just take the pills and go on

the dream last night was about 6 of my former patients who i
cared for when they were born and for several years afterwards
each one was vividly the same as in real life
these kids are all in their early 20s now
even their parents were in the dreams just as they were then
not now as they now look like someone who has been a parent
for  20 years

i opened a day care just to take care of babies who had been my
one of my sons and my wife she helped me run the day care
after this dream i know i wouldnt want to run a day care or
work in one

thanks aricept (donepezil) for letting me see some of my former
was better than facebook

dr b was one of my classmates from medical school
he was 6 years younger as were many of my classmates as i
started my educational career later in life after floundering around
for a few years
(parents dont give up on your kids)

dr b was remembered by me as a real nice guy
he had this talent that ive not seen before
we rotated in groups of about 15 people
he was in another group that got joined together to do our
obgyn rotation

we would stay up all night monitoring ob patients in labor and if
we were lucky they would let us deliver them
then the next morning we had to have all our rounds done
and all had to be dressed in ties and our pretty white jackets
to listen to a lecture from one of our professors
the head one was a jerk and he would go after you if he saw any
dont dare go to sleep while he was talking or you would suffer

dr b's talent came into play very well for this situation
he could sit up and sleep with his eyes opened
you could flash your hands over his face and he would not blink
dont know if he ever got caught
he always got that extra hour of sleep on those days

dr b died suddenly last week of a dissecting aortic aneurysm
when they happen its sometimes hard to detect
dr b seems to have been loved by his patients
he was a good family doctor
if you liked me you would have liked him

condolences to his family

i think about dying a lot more now that i get older
i hope that when my time comes i go this way and
i and my family dont have to suffer with the end stages of alzheimers like
ive seen happen in my family

the organicgreen doctor

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