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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 blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


i get up each morning real early
if you have ever gotten an email or text from
then you know what time that is
lets just say the roosters arent crowing yet

the time i wake up and get up is the result
of the side effects of the aricept (donepezil)
i take for my possible alzheimers disease
i wake up
bam im awake like emeril does when he cooks
never to go back to sleep that morning

i realized this morning that i spend about 8 hours
in my living room
where i sit first thing in the morning
reading my emails
reading news
reading articles on alzheimers
writing this blog

then in the evening we like to watch the news
we like to watch pbs since its more balanced
they dont scream and go off the deep end
on issues

then we watch usually our dvred shows
i hate commercials so i just zip right through

so here i sit in this room
several hours of the day
so i like to keep it comfortable

now its walls are all limestone done by a local
artisan years ago
if you look closely at the wall above the fireplace
you can see a long haired person smoking a pipe
on an engraving
just above the picture
we say its willie nelson since the previous owners
and friends traveled around with willie in the 70s

so in the winter when its cold like it is now
we keep our wood burning stove going 24/7

now the wood i purchase from a guy we call
hippy steve
he delivers the wood and plays his 60s-70s music
real loud as he stacks it in our garage
he does a perfect job of stacking all that firewood
he use to have long grey hair pulled back in a
so we called him hippie steve
he cut his hair last year so we now call him firewood steve

this year he delivered us the mostest perfect wood ever
cured just right
all the pieces were cut equal

when we got the fire going in the stove
it just seemed to burn better and warmer than in
years past
you get blurry eyed from the warmth
like the fire in this picture

maybe the haircut change made him do a better job
of wood selection and wood splitting

so we try to keep that living room real toasty
oven like
once that limestone warms up on all four walls
we feel like we are in a cocoon
the heat flows up the stairway
into our upstairs bedroom
which keeps itself at a sleepable mid 60s

there is no better feeling in the cold winter
when a fire is going
that wood generating heat just seems to permeate your

making you feel so toasty inside

we also have to sit on our couch
facing our large south facing picture window
watch the sun arising as the morning dawns on us

there is no way a central heating system can duplicate this

i we feel like the work we put into starting the stove
keeping the fire going
is worth it
to feel this toasty feeling we get to experience every day
during the winter

toasty is the best description i can think of

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. REAL early. REAL toasty. REAL lucky!
    my wife she