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, November 7, 2014

be aware this month


this month november is purple month
its alzheimers awareness month

unless you have had your head in the sand the
last few years
you have been hearing and reading a lot about
alzheimers disease

read this blog and you will read a lot about it
for sure
especially on fridays

the article that was in the statesman this last weekend
updating my story with possible alzheimers disease
came out at a good time to start the month off

here is my alzheimers awareness month schedule

today my wife she and i travel to dallas to ut southwestern
where i will have my annual mri of the brain for the
adni study that i am in
they put me in the mri scanner and put a marker on my
they take extra closeups of the hypothalamus area
since thats where alzheimers starts
they then run it through a computer program that analyzes
the size of the hypothalamus comparing it to the previous
ones that i have had five i think
so subtle changes can be detected if the area has shrunken
as thats what happens with alzheimers disease the brain
shrinks like a grape turning into a raisin

now as i enter that mri all confined in that cylinder i
will be reminded of an article posted on the internet
about the lady who has some problems being confined
in that mri machine
warning there is bathroom humor in the article
if that offends you then
dont click here

then this weekend we will be doing the
walk to end alzheimers walk in little rock arkansas
walking with my family and friends on my brothers team
#joe nash
in honor of him and his familys fight with his long
journey with alzheimers
may he rip now

i will do five walks this year
3 i am on the organizing committees
but this one is the one
that bothers me the most when i do the walk

tomorrow sometime while im there
i will pause
have a moment of silence
thinking of him

then next monday i will be doing an hour and half
question and answer session on alzheimers to
a group in texas from 10-1130am at the cowan
auditorium in sun city georgetown texas
these i like to do as i let the audience decide what
questions and what direction the session goes

this month at www.austinregionalclinic.com
thats the clinic i use to work for
they will be doing an article for alzheimers awareness month
about me and with quotes from me on alzheimers disease
its not there now but it will be maybe next week

then later this month the texas capital chapter of the
alzheimers association will be posting at their website
and in the media and on social media
a video of myself and three other people affected by
alzheimers disease
when it appears i will post it here and on social media

so lets make this november
a good alzheimers disease awareness month
we are all affected in some way

the organicgreen doctor

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