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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, September 2, 2021

garden news-youll shoot your eye out


this is a giant agave
in texas i had one i planted called the century plant
why is it called the century plant
after so many years it will grow up this big ole flower stalk 20 ft in the air
then the plant dies
see below in the humorous but disturbing but at my expense blogs from a few years ago
more later below

this is the thorn on the end of the agave leaf
its like a giant needle that needle adverse folks would have nightmares over
read below in my 3 old blogs how i got one embedded deep into my eye
i put humor in them so the squeamish parts were better tolerated

this is one of the pups that grew out from the mother plant
see my foot to see how big this pup was
there were a bunch of pups like maybe 15
all with those needle phobic thorns on them

so as i looked at that 5 ft giant agave
i must admit i had terrible flashbacks of the events that transpired almost 5 years ago

these are the words and phrases you need to know

how to not handle puncture wounds in your eye

why you need to wear protective eyewear when handling needle phobic thorned agaves 

can you safely remove an imbedded thorn from the eye if its broken off in there

will your eye contents run out the hole
ill answer that one right now no the eye fluid wont all run out 

what is a hyphemia

where is the iris

what will a staph infection or fungal infection do to the eye
that one i already knew the answer to it

will the eye be permanently damaged by this puncture wound

what does elevated eye pressure mean 

how bad did this all hurt

ok read these three blogs in the listed order to follow my story about how this all unfolded
there are squeamish parts
some parts are humorous

please dont enjoy them 

so i told my wife she as i looked out over the yard at the giant agave and all its pups
i told her 
im going to remove those pups and clean up the plant some

she looked at me with that look on her face that ralphies mom and dad had on their faces in the christmas story when ralphie asked for the bb gun

she said to me
real serious like 

you know
youll shoot your eye out

if you want to know why she said that
click on each blog below and read them in order
its ok if you laugh at my expense

a thorny situation


the treatment

i did take my pruners and trimmed off every one of those needle phobic thorns on the mother plant and her pups

ok once when i was digging up the pumps all bent over i looked over to the right 
there staring me in that same right eye
was a big ole sharper than a  tack needle phobic thorn in a line to poke me in the same eye
i had a sudden flashback to five years ago
i backed up 
snipped off that thorn
ok i was drenched in sweat
i finished the job

no i didnt shoot my eye out
no one else will either

take this as a warning if you mess with these agaves

would i ever plant one in my yard 
no never ever would eye

the organicgreen doctor

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