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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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Thursday, July 23, 2020

garden news-more tomatoes and pumpkins and beans

mr hudson update
he should have be discharged a week ago but he is still there
yes when you look at him he looks fine
he is mostly happy and playful
there have been some bumps in the road
fever thought maybe due to infection requiring a course of iv meds
problems with his picc line that will require him to be in the hospital until next week
his kidney meanwhile keeps working good and is not why he is still there
i think he is ready to go home

these are a quart of christmas lima beans pictured above that ms b picked herself then she shelled them later
now if i can get her to taste them when i cook them
if you cook them they have a ham like flavor

ms b loves the garden
in these pandemic times she enjoys being in the garden checking things out
yesterday it was just her and i and my wife she in the acre garden
i wont let her in the garden unless we are the only gardeners there
she is only allowed to play in my garden area or the orchard
of course she is allowed to visit and feed the chickens
i filled a 5 gallon bucket halfway full of compost then dumped it into a flat container
she spent a long time digging through the compost to find worms and roly polies and treasures
when we first moved here she wouldnt touch a worm
she will proudly pick them up with her bare hands to show them to you

it is nice to see her have an appreciation and love for the garden

i did have eleven tomatoes in my garden
thats more than i should have in a garden my gardens size
so nature thinned them out for me
the winds blew over one tomato a my sisterinlaw tomato
it had gotten so loaded with tomatoes the weight and the wind just tumped it over

i harvested all the tomatoes many of them were still green
i placed the green ones on a platter to ripen on their own to see if that would work
my wife she took some for fried green tomatoes

then i took out one tomato plant that was not producing well
yesterday i found my early girl tomato all fallen down i presume also from the wind and the weight of all those tomatoes
i harvested the ripe ones for eating now
i harvested the green ones and placed them covered with newspapers in cardboard boxes to ripen on their own
when i lived in texas i did that every year right before the first frost
those tomatoes were as good as vine riped tomatoes

we will see how well these tomatoes do in a few weeks
you can only eat so many fried green tomatoes right

this week one of our volunteer projects was to plant our fall pumpkins
usually each fall the garden does a program for hundreds of elementary kids to come through for a two hour program
this year because of the covid 19 pandemic the program wont happen
we plan to raise the pumpkins for folks to see and enjoy
we will probably have a pumpkin sale of the pumpkins we grow

there is always plenty of safe things to do in the garden
i commonly garden with no one else there or if they are present we tend to work in different parts of the garden
i always of course wear a mask

the organicgreen doctor

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