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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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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

so u cant sleep


join the circle of hope

when i was in practice i would have the honors high school health class rotate students through my clinic to follow me around in the morning
these kids were interested most of them in going into health care as a career

for a couple of them that seemed to stand out i offered them a part time job working in my office assisting my nurse doing whatever she needed help with
i would while they were working show them anything that might seem interesting

one of these students esc stood out
esc was at the top of her class
she played in the band and was the captain of her high school soccer team and took honors classes and worked for me
she was highly motivated
i knew she could do whatever she wanted to do as a career whether it was a doctor a lawyer a scientist an astronaut maybe even the president

she wanted to be a physician
she attended college then actually got accepted to more than one medical school but chose the one closer to her family

as she was choosing her specialty she chose radiation oncology since her mother had developed cancer

she now is now a radiation oncologist in the mid west
she is a mother of three

she developed a website called the circle of hope  to help her patients with meditation and how to deal with the stresses of having cancer and undergoing treatments and dealing with the aftermath of all of this

her website is something we all would benefit from accessing and using her techniques and suggestions

the latest one is titled
help i cant sleep

now we have all been there

when i was in my family practice residency we all had to go through a 10 session program that lasted an hour each to learn how to relax so we could control anxiety and could relax to go to sleep
we were hooked up to a pulse rate monitor that beeped with each heart beat
we were also hooked up to a monitor that was attached to our forehead and made a noise like a sound machine that would get louder when the muscle was tensed and quieter when the muscle relaxed

over these 10 sessions i got to where i could lower my heart rate and make my muscles relax from head to toe

over the years especially when i was in residency and in my early private practice and beyond i used these techniques to relax as i would try to go to sleep
maybe i just delivered a difficult delivery at 1 am and had just got home at 300 am and had to be in the clinic at 800 am
i needed to get sleep since my brain was still going at 100 mph
i would use these techniques to relax starting from the top of my head to the tip of my toes
usually i was asleep before i got to my toes

this is similar to the technique she describes in the above link

there are other techniques you will find useful on her website

one i used recently as i was facing my second plastic surgery on my nose and face
i was dreading having to have all those painful injections again and was dreading that post op period where it was quite uncomfortable for a few days

her technique for relaxing and meditating prior to a medical procedure was useful that day

i suggest if you have trouble going to sleep read the entry above and maybe spend time looking at her website for other suggestions to help you with your life

meditation will help with anxiety blood pressure control it seems it may help slow down dementia some its certain to help with the anxiety of the disease
im sure caretakers would benefit from using it also

if u cant sleep
this may help

the circle of hope
we all need hope as we approach the unknown future

the organicgreen doctor

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