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

Saturday, November 2, 2019

todays the day


thats ms b in the picture from last years walk to end alzheimers here in santa barbara
she is holding her bun bun looking up at my wife she hugging and wondering why we are crying
she was worried about us

i had just finished doing my 2 minute presentation in the opening ceremonies of the walk
i always tear up and pause for a few seconds when i mention my mother and my younger brother who died with the disease and my father who probably had it when he died
i have done this presentation  now for 9 years in a row
i still tear up when i do it

my wife she always wears my brothers alzheimers walk t shirt from a few years ago to honor him
she pins the alzheimers flower with his name my moms name and my dads name on the shirt

today i will do the presentation again
this year my goal is not to cry but if i do well ill just do it
im sure i will

note they chose me because of my diagnosis

here is what i will say

this blue flower represents those who have alzheimers and other dementias

like many of you i have seen alzheimers disease up close and personal
its an awful ugly disease

my mother and younger brother had it
my father probably had it

9 years ago i was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment thats turned out to be due to alzheimers disease
i take the alzheimers drug aricpet to slow down symptoms

i have been one of the lucky few who have been receiving monthly infusions of an experimental drug that may slow down the disease some
they are applying for fda approval next year

doing these two things plus all the healthy things i am doing has slowed down the disease symptoms some

however as we all know alzheimers wins out in the end

we have two reasons why we have not found a treatment or cure
we need more research money
we desperately need more research volunteers

please hold up your blue flowers for those with alzheimers and other dementias

thank you

our santa barbara walk to end alzheimers is on saturday november 2, 2018
here is the link to my team and the walk site

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donate or join your local walk where you live

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