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, September 14, 2012

wtea update, damn pill, my way

Walk to End Alzheimers
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the organicgreendoctor.com team

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heres the update on our wtea team for 
saturday september 29 2012 at 
georgetown texas

our goal is $5000 and we have raised $3100 
so far
we have 20 team members and 
have had 46 donors so far

we hope to reach our goal of $5000 and are
open to anyone who wants to walk with us 
that day 


one of the things i want to do with this blog is to 
write about things as i go along with this possible
alzheimers disease while i can 
as it progresses if it does i realize that my ability to 
write this blog will gradually diminish

i quit those omega 3 pills not because of the recent
journal article questioning whether they help or not 
but because they were big and because i was tired
of taking extra pills
i even quit my fiber pill also that ive been taking for awhile

i sure want to quit that dam pill that aricept (donepezil) 
that im on because i might have earlyearly alzheimers
even though taking it may not really help me much 
30% chance itll delay things 30% chance itll stay the same 
and 30% chance it wont help at all

the biggest problem with that damn pill is that it 
causes insomnia
sometimes i just cant sleep as can seen by my posting 
of my blog sometimes
i compensate by my noon napping to make up for lost sleep
i guess it all comes out even sometimes
but it does interfere with what i like to do sometimes

my younger brother with alzhiemers takes his at night and
never had any problem with it 
it was recommended that i take it in the morning so that it 
wouldnt affect my sleep
that doesnt work well

so i decided this week after two sleepless nights to take 
it at bedtime like my bro does

that was a mistake
i was wide eyed all night got 3 hours sleep and was ready to 
post my blog that day at 230am

so ive decided to go back to the am taking of that damn pill
and try to limit my noon nap some to see if that would help
i also cut back some of my am coffee to see if that would 
help and
worse have cut back some on my chocolate
thats the hardest to do though

i do exercise every day so that helps some
i have noted that if i do an all day work day here or at
the habitat for humanity house build that i sleep real good

i do think about all those demented patients who are taking this 
pill though who cant verbalize the side effects they are having

damn pill guess for now ill just have to keep taking it

i think my wet suitcase sisterinlaw and my wife she sent me 
this picture for a reason 

the organicgreen doctor


  1. In your blog you state:" 30% chance itll delay things" I don't want to pick on you, but this is a pet peeve of mine. There are no drugs that slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The available drugs (Aricept, Exelon, etc) boost the functioning of the undamaged brain cells. These drugs may improve symptoms. They do not slow the progression of the disease. The disease marches on unabated. I think that is a very important distinction for people to understand and consider when deciding to take or not to take these meds.

    1. mary
      thanks for the comment
      ive always written in this blog that there is nothing that will slow down the progression of the disease itself yet

      aricept (donepezil) only delays the symptoms ie
      30% will have improved symptoms 30% will have no change in symptoms and 30% it will not do anything

      for me its worth taking it knowing that my symptoms-the progression of short term memory loss might be delayed some possibly by as much as 5 years since i was started so early on it
      and yes eventually it will not delay the symptoms any longer and the disease symptoms will take off again
      for me putting up with the side effects is worth the chance for that extra time with my family

      there is no other choice to delay symptoms
      im not willing to take the chance on missing out on this window of time when symptoms could be delayed