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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 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

Monday, March 30, 2020

update day #10 covid 19 quarantine


7 days ago was the day i thought i was going to die from covid 19
i always thought i would die from the complications of alzheimers disease
i wouldnt mind going right before it progresses to the point i dont know whats going on
i if got this covid 19 or similar infection at that time then i would like to let that infection do its thing
i wasnt ready for that to happen now
that progression of that alzheimers disease is some time in the future not now

i thought a week ago thats not the way it was going to happen
i really thought this would progress rapidly to respiratory symptoms that would get worse
i knew then i might not make it
even though
i am 70 but im really a healthy 70
in the garden where i volunteer i have been able to keep up with college students doing manual garden labor

my wife she and i had met with an elder lawyer just 5 days before i got sick
we spent two hours with her preparing all the information she needed to do our final papers
we were given a list of things to finish and resubmit then she would do our final will and papers
to include power of attorneys and health care directives and wishes how we want to be cared for in our final days
basically we were dotting all the is and crossing all the ts so to cover all the things that can happen to you as you get near the end

as i laid in bed i realized it was not all completed and technically was not legal
she had all the things like we wanted then just the final papers werent done yet

i worked on the final stuff while i was sick doing it in bits and pieces hoping at least if things got bad at least how we want things were written to her in emails

i knew legally we were tied to our old texas will and other papers

i thought this could be a mess if i died right now with this not done

today we hope to get all the paperwork to her and we will finalize it soon online

i realized my wife she had no idea how our checkbook and finances were done
i knew she would be overwhelmed if she had to take it all over
on my deathbed sort of
i took two days when i could to redo our financial stuff thinking how she would have to do it if she is by herself
so i did
i did a lot of consolidation of accounts and streamlining everything like i would like it for her if i died
we did several sessions with me sitting on the floor leaning up against the wall with my mask on talking to her while she was on the other side of the door with her mask taking notes
i had sent her a 1 page handout of how it all worked
we did those back and forth in several sessions so she could take over if she had to

this was something i had planned to do anyway so now its done

at the beginning of this illness the way it hit me and just took off i knew enough to know that this is what this virus can do and you really cant stop it
somewhere along the line i guess my bodys defenses may be winning the battle

i as of 2am today will be off acetaminophen
i did not have fever and chills yesterday
i have no gi symptoms at all
i was actually hungry last night
i only have nasal congestion and a mild scratchy throat and minimal hoarseness if i talk too much
which i havent been talking right since there no one to talk to except for the door
i think i could probably go 24/7 without sleep but i make myself lay down to nap and sleep
i eventually go to sleep
i may nap less than an hour and only sleep for 5 hours at night then im a wake
i have seen online others complain about this
i would rather have that symptom then the ones i had at the beginning
i do feel better and my wife she notices i seem to feel better

my wife she has nasal congestion and a headache but not really other symptoms now

when its available we both plan to check to see if we have covid 19 immunity

i am researching to get the guidelines for how long to stay quarantined after your symptoms end
i will follow them
my guess it will be this weekend when i get released from this bedroom

even after its ok to unquarantine myself if i go anywhere i will wear my old n95 mask i wore a couple times during the thomas fire and throw away my mask i have been wearing since i got sick
i would love to burn that one
i hope to not go anywhere that i have to be close to other people

friends and family have brought us supplies
we have ordered our groceries via instacart
please if you use then do like we do and tip them like you would a waiter who did a good job
thats at least 20%

we have enough food probably to go close to 3 months now
no we arent hoarding stuff
we generally keep staples around anyway and have things put up from my garden

here is some info
12000 died in the us from the h1n1 in 2009
80% were under 65
old folks over 65 1/3 of them had immunity
thats probably why the h1n1 wasnt as bad as the covid 19

with the covid 19
we may lose 100k+
no one has immunity yet

with the flu last year we lost 34k
70-90% were over 65

the only treatment for covid 19 that has been shown to work
stay inside

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this information, but yet so sorry to know that it is happening to two people I love so much. I will continue to pray for you, and Hudson, and I hope the time will come soon that you are restored to health and family togetherness. Meanwhile, may it be well with [our] soul, as the song reassures us!