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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, April 20, 2020

17th day post quarantine

someone made me a face mask knowing i like gardening etc

its been 17 days since i got out of isolation and quarantine
its been 31 days since i got sick with symptoms

yesterday i watched a video of an emergency room doctor describing how they evaluate folks to see if they were getting septic or an overwhelming infection
i realized i got most of them that night i went to the emergency room
luckily mine were all ok at that time

since last week my endurance has improved
i am able to do more activities like gardening with much less shortness of breath
walking doesnt bother me as much as doing things like digging in my garden with a shovel
that makes me have to rest some
im still amazed at having those symptoms since except for that first day respiratory symptoms werent really part of my symptoms
thank goodness since i would hate to see what i would be like if they were

i have persistent hoarseness
eg i talked to a relative yesterday on the phone for over 30 minutes and remained hoarse the rest of the day
hoarseness i can deal with

i have  a persistent runny nose and congestion that wont seem to go away
i have an occasional dry cough
it could be allergies but i cant be sure
i wish i could get covid 19 testing to be sure im not contagious
of course antibody testing to make sure i might be immune

i have an occasional headache that goes away on its on

i am beginning to be able to eat more food each day
since my symptoms were mainly gi in etiology i seemed to be left with a lost of appetite and intolerance to eating very much food
i have lost 12 lbs over the last 4 weeks
im actually adding things to my food to increase calories like butter and avocado and olive oil eg

my fatigue is much better

my sleep is still a problem

i am having to work my way back onto my aricept (donepezil) since i was off it most of the time when i was sick since it made my stomach upset when i took it
my last 3 doses i have been able to tolerate ok

i am still off my cholesterol meds and blood pressure meds

some covid 19 news and thoughts

today is 4/20 which is marijuana day
its legal here in california
lucky for the county and city that the new taxes from the marijuana tax is coming in
its in the millions
it may help them get through all the loss of other tax revenues

i read where a city in massachusetts tested a large number of their residents and found that over 30% of them had antibodies to covid 19 which means they could be immune
its possible that number may be higher

we need to test folks to rule out infection and to isolate them and notify their contacts
we also are going to need to know who is immune
these two things will be needed to know before we can go back to more activities like work etc
without these the government will be flying blindly

i saw all those protesters wanting to be liberated
well some of them will be liberated
liberated to their sick beds or worse their at risk contacts like grandparents aunt uncles parents etc will be

i did notice several were morbidly obese a big risk factor
some had a lot of gray hair a big risk factor
not many were wearing any face covers
they were awfully close to each other
i saw several smoking something
it would be interesting to see how many get the covid 19 from that protest and how many of their contacts get infected from them
remember 1 infected person can lead to hundreds being infected

now i have no problem with them protesting
ive done that myself
its sort of our right to be able to do that
it would have been better if they could all have wore masks and kept a good distance from each other and kept high risk folks away from the protesting group

all i could think was when i saw that group all squished up close was
natural selection

now it doesnt matter what they ie the fed or state or local level orders us to do
i plan to do the same as i have been doing
even though my wife she and i are likely immune
we will follow the rules

wear a mask when we go out of doors
limit where we go
wash our hands a lot
dont touch our face
keep a good 10 ft or more distance
dont go into any stores
we can get our groceries and pharmacy items delivered
i will continue to work in my garden since i can go there and have a half an acre to myself
quarantine our mail and groceries for 3 days
wipe down our counters and other highly touched areas every day
take our shoes off at the door
we each have inside shoes

be safe
follow the rules
dont be naturally selected

the organicgreen doctor

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