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, October 21, 2013

a beautiful day

the night before the wind was howling and some rain fell then the
temperatures plummeted down into the 40s
thats when i left in the early dawn hours last saturday headed to
the austin travis county walk to end alzheimers

if you have been affected by this disease you understand why
we are involved with these walks

as i arrived the sky gradually cleared and was crystal clear
and cold
you know that crispy feeling coolness that you can only get
in the fall when the cold front passes through
clears the air of pollen and pollution and clouds
take that slow deep breath of that fresh air
what a great feeling that its

as we approached walk time the wind slowed down and the
temperatures begin to rise

joshua our team member got up and sang i think the best that
he as done of the mulitple times he has done it
every time he does it i tear up
i did it again on this day

people sang the national anthem with him
it all sounded like a choir with a lead singer
that with the presentation of flags
does make you proud to be an american and
to be proud of our youth

see the sunlight peeking through the trees
it only got better as the morning progressed

then this group of ours who got together and walked
our walk i think had a good time
all have been affected by this alzhiemers disease in some way
all im sure like me was thinking of our relatives
for me
my mother nell
my father charles
my younger brother joe
yes i that morning i thought a lot about me
just wondering when i would be officially added to the list
today i didnt linger that long

we were seranaded by a local middle school drum line
what was exciting about this walk was the youth involvement
that was evident everywhere
they are affected the most
and all this will lead to a cure for their generation

our group walked with the austin regional clinic team
my former employer
who were one of the event sponsors this year

and yes there was a razorback walker there also
heck why go and watch the hogs play on tv right

the walkers as the walk progressed were spread out it
seemed for mile and miles but i know it wasnt really that far
it just seemed that way

as i was walking and talking to people i didnt know
it seems all those hundreds and hundreds of people who
were there
were all in some way affected by this terrible disease
this alzheimers disease

this walk meant a lot to them as it did to me my wife she
and our friends who walked with us

thats why
we walk to end alzheimers disease

thanks to all of you who have been supportive this year with
your donations your involvement your kind words and your

a cure is on the horizon

the organicgreen doctor

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