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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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Thursday, March 19, 2020

washing your hands in the covid 19 era

20 seconds thats the magic time
when i took latin in the 9th grade we had to learn to sing this song in latin
all the verses

here are the words in latin of the first verse
if you wash your hands and slowly sing this song
it takes exactly 20 seconds

Mica, mica, parva stella
Miror quanam sis tam bella
Super terra in caelo
Alba gemma splendido.
Mica, mica, parva stella
Miror quanam sis tam bella.

so when i wash my hands i slowly sing this song
if i pace myself it lasts 20 seconds
i will slowly say my abcs twice

sometimes when ms b is singing this song in english
i will start singing it in latin
she just stops and looks at me funny like
say what

now i took latin and it boded me well through my medical career especially
in memorizing all those body parts in anatomy
it also helped me eg when i was reading a spanish angiogram report one time from central america
i was able to decipher it from my knowledge i learned of latin in the 9th grade

oh by the way
the songs name
twinkle twinkle little star

this week i was in a business bathroom to wash my hands
i walked up to the sink
the automatic water spout squirted out a set amount of water onto my hands
the soap dispenser squirted a set amount of soap onto my hands

i then stood there for twenty seconds washing my hands with the soap
singing the above song for 20 seconds
i put my hands back under the faucet to rinse them off

i got to thinking when i was singing that song
i wonder how much water we are wasting if we wash our hands and leave the water running

then i dried off my hands
as i started out the door this guy came out of the stall sort of looking at me real funny
what kind of weird song is that
in fact
he actually went back into the stall until i left the bathroom

when i got home that day
i put our pyrex measuring cup in the sink
i wet my hands with the water
turned off the water
soaped them for 20 seconds singing of course
i rinsed off my hands
i used 1 cup of water

i left the water running as i washed my hands for 20 seconds
singing that song of course
i then rinsed my hands
i used over 4 cups maybe 4 1/2 cups of water

so turning off the water like i did the first time while i scrubbed my hands
saved 3 cups of water each time
if i washed my hands 10 times a day
thats 30 cups of water i saved
thats about 2 gallons of water saved

now multiple that by all the millions of folks who are washing their hands multiple times a day now
thats a lot of water

be sure and turn your water off when you wash your hands then turn it on just enough to rinse off the soap

we cant afford to have a shortage of water on top of all our other shortages thats about to happen

i made up the story about the guy in the bathroom
but the rest of it was true

the organicgreen doctor

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