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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
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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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, July 19, 2013

i think that..., rice it is

if you think that there is a problem
well maybe there is a problem

its called subjective cognitive decline
it may be the first clinical indicator of
alzheimers disease
its the first sign of alzheimers disease

its the self reported perception of memory or
cognitive problems

at the alzheimers association international conference
in boston this week this was one of the topics discussed
with special interest to clinicians

if you can find ways to identify people early real early
get aggressive with treatment early maybe you can make
a difference in whether the disease progresses at all or
maybe make it less severe

right now you have aricept (donepezil) and namenda that can
be used initially or later on in the case of namenda
get aggressive with treatment of the blood pressure cholesterol
diabetes obesity sleep disturbances depression anxiety
and improve exercise diet and mental activity

this early subjective cognitive decline combined with new
testing with blood test and amyvid pet scan allows for an
early diagnosis to be made
new treatments can be started early on these patients

also these patients can be used for some of the research studies
on new drugs that will probably work better if started early on
the disease

there are a lot of social and psychological factors to consider
of course in this early detection

the study im in the alzheimers disease neuroimaging initiative
has started a study of patients who have subjective cognitive
decline and are following them with the same tests that im having
done in the mild cognitive group

im glad to see this research on subjective cognitive decline
because if i didnt have some changes on my neuropsych exam
and spinal fluid protens i probably would be in that group

here is a link to a nbc story on alzheimers disease with
maria shriver and dr nancy snyderman
this video talks about why early detection to this patient is
click here to watch the video

im anxiously awaiting day break today
as yesterday at about 700 am i was in the hot tub
enjoying the morning coolness and a moment of quiet
and relaxation before my day took off

i had my iphone in its otter box protector setting on a ledge
in a window by the hot tub
that otter box has been a life saver for the iphone as i get
a lot of dust compost mulch grass clipping feathers fertilizer
and a lot of other foreign materials on it on a regular basis
it really seems to help a lot in protecting it
money well spent
i hope

as i was getting out of the tub i was talking to my wife
and i guess not paying attention
there the phone went into the hot tub water

i quickly hopped out of the tub
remembering from kim komando to dunk it in rice
i quickly removed the otter box so far so good
some moisture was on the outside
i quickly wiped it off
as i removed the otter box i noticed the cover to the
charger hole was not closed
not good i thought

i tried to turn it off and it wouldnt turn off
not good i thought

but into the rice i plunged it
later in the morning i heard it ring
not good i thought

its been quiet since then

now my timer is on and has two hours left

i am anxiously awaiting the results of the rice immersion

if its dead its back to the pos phone i had before
the verizon stratisphere until november

i sure love my iphone

lesson learned

the organicgreen doctor


  1. If you want to prevent future mishaps they make waterproof cases for the Iphone - http://www.lifeproof.com/en/why-lifeproof/proofs/

    1. thanks mary
      the otter box did a good job but i left the end where the charger fits opened but the otter box doesnt guarantee water proofing
      will have to check out the lifeproof covers