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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, October 9, 2013

its a habit


for almost two years now i have done volunteer work with
habitat for humanity
usually on wednesday and sometimes on saturday based on
whats happening in my life and whats being done on the habitat
i dont do roofs
since i realize you cant fall off a roof if you dont get on one
thats real simple and accurate
since i ruptured my disk in my back ive eliminated ladders to
that rule also
if you dont get on a ladder you cant fall off it either
i dont want to be put on the dreaded ladder list or roof list of those
who have fallen off them

i do all the landscaping for the habitat and have gradually been
able to do more and more with that part of the construction

ive done 7 of the landscape designs so far and have more planned
as mentioned before usually on a limited budget and with a goal
to eliminate grass and make them as xeric as possible and
i only plant native plants

tomorrow i go to a key club at a local high school to talk about
the williamson county habitat for humanity since the key club
wants to do volunteer work for the habitat

folks your kids if they have not done so far needs to do some type
of volunteer work where they do good and do it for free
it benefits themselves greatly and those receiving the volunteering
probably more
it can help instill a sense of volunteerism that can carry through their
whole lives

here is what i plan to tell them
habitat is a christian organization that under this umbrella brings people
together to build these home and to bring hope to people

however since ive worked there ive worked with people from all
religions from atheist to catholics to jewish to muslems to hindus
to baptists methodist episcopalians presbyterians etc

its interesting that all those religions have doing good for mankind
as one of their common themes

these kids since they are under 18 will not be allowed to be on the
roof or on ladders so they want get on those ladder list or roof list
and can not use any power tools
there is a lot they can do and  a lot of skills they an learn
painting carpentry floor tile prep and placement and best of all
i love to have them help me with the landscaping

i usually will go into my teaching mode and explain why we are reducing
the amount of grass we put in why we are using xeric plants and why we
are using certain trees and why we plant them where we do
hopefully these are things they will take back with them even to
their own homes
a teaching moment i take advantage of

most kids that come to work there want to come back again
and most do

i tell you every time i work with these kids i think
there is hope for the future

the organicgreen doctor

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