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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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


no this is not about the movie
that hitchcock did in the 50s
that real psycho scary movie

its about yesterday
here at our place

i take a short nap usually every day after lunch
but having not slept well the night before
probably from my aricept (donepezil)
a common problem i have that i use low dose melatonin
to help with my sleep
i fell asleep early the night before
woke up real early too early
when i laid down for my retirement nap
i knew it would be longer than usual

as i awoke
i was on my back
no problems
as i turned over to get up
well i did sit up
the room was aswerving like i was on a
merry go round
something i never ever do
get on a merry go round
kerpluck back on the bed i went

i got too much i need to do this afternoon
i must have slept hard in one position
i know if i sleep on my left side i tend to get vertigous symptoms
when i first get up
but not like this
this was super merrry go round stuff

so i laid there on my back
that made the room quit spinning
so i just went into the smartphone world
on my back for awhile

tried again to get up
wow thats really a lot of spinnnnnnning going on
back on the back

so my wife she came in
would you get my traveling pill
a dramamine pill called dimenhydranate
that i take when i fly
since i get bad motion sickness

its not as powerful as the meclizine that is used sometimes
and is also used for vertigo
that one just knocks me out for a day

so i took the milder one
waited thirty more minutes
went back into the facebook vortex
i slowly turned to the right
slowly sat up
i think that merry go round got sped up
i whirled back on my back
i may have to take that one pill that hammers me for a day
i remembered once when i had this real bad
i found this video on you tube on how to do a  maneuver
to make this go away
as you get older the little rocks in your semicircular canals
those little balance beams in the inner ear
get stuck
these maneuvers loosens them
i googled it
there it was
no video but the description of the epley maneuver
it said
turn you head 45 degrees to the left
since the left is the side that bothers me usually
sit up for 30 seconds
i think the room sped around 30 thirty times
i lad back with my head in the same postion
back onto a pillow under my shoulders
i waited 30 seconds
the room slowed some
i turned my head ninety degrees to the right
waited 30 seconds
someones putting on the merry go round brakes
i was thinking
it said sit up for 30 seconds
i already was about to puke
if this didnt work
i was sure i would be puking if that merry go round
were to take off

wanting this to stop
i sat up with my head turned to the right
the merry go round
it wasnt go around anymore
it all stopped

thank you dr epley for figuring this all out

i was able to get up
go to the bathroom since i needed to go bad
into the living room for the rest of the evening

wished i had known about and used this method in the past more
it would have saved me a lot of wiped out days

i swear if i turn my head back and forth
i can hear those little rocks sliding across those
little hairs in my inner ear now

the organicgreen doctor

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