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

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

my story revisited #79-on death and dying


when i wrote this blog 8 years ago it was not long after my good friend gf had died from huntingtons disease
a fatal neurological disease that he knew he had for 20 years before his death

i thought about him a lot this last week after rereading this old blog
a patient whose dad has alzheimers disease had to place him in a long term facility since that time had come
i told her i have instructed my wife she to do the same when my time arrives
dont even think twice about it i told her

i also told the former patient that i had visited many of the long term facilities in the austin area over the years
many i did sessions with families and patients where they could ask me questions 
i answered as a family doctor a family member of loved ones with alzheimers a patient myself and an alzheimers research subject

i told her the place her dad was in was one of the two i would want to be placed in had we remained living at the country n

as i read that blog and watched the video 
i thought a lot about my mother and father and my younger brother who all had alzheimers and my rainwater brother who died almost a year ago and my friend gf and his wife sf who died a few years later

i again shed a tear for each of them this morning

thanks to those who took care of them when they were ill

dr ll a friend and director of a hospice
sent me this youtube video

at my friend gregs memorial service last year i
was asked to read a blog i had written about
visiting greg a few months before he died

i was unable to finish reading it so dr ll
graciously took over and read it for me
using the same inflections that i would have
had i been able to read it out loud

if you have a family member or friend who has died
or if they are dying now or
if you have a terminal illness like i have

i recommend you stop and take the few minutes
to watch this video

i cried when i watched it and cried several times
later and cried again this morning when i wrote
this blog

this makes me think of my friend greg
my mother and father
my younger brother who has alzheimers
myself as i face the possibility of the same

this blog and video is dedicated to them and to
my wife she
she has been there for me the last two years and
will be there for me in the future



yes ill be up there with those two dots when my time comes

the organicgreen doctor

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