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, November 23, 2022

my story revisited #159-im quite thankful


when i wrote the blog below 8 years ago i was 4 years out from my diagnosis
my memory had dropped off but was starting to rise back to normal
i was active working on the country n and doing gardening
i was volunteering at habitat for humanity building homes
i did the landscaping for each house
i also was delivering meals on wheels to folks along a 20 mile mostly rural delivery route
i also had done several projects helping put veggie gardens at schools
i also had helped a few schools to add rainwater harvesting tanks to their gardens
i was busy
i was still in the alzheimers neuroimaging initiative adni in the mild cognitive impairment mci portion portion of the study
we were traveling frequently to visit family in california and arkansas as well as taking vacations elsewhere

except for my diagnosis things were good
i spent time that day remembering my younger brother who had died a year earlier with alzheimers

i considered my self lucky on that day that year and was quite thankful to be alive

now 8 years later
i am quite thankful this thanksgiving for being in relatively good health for my age
since i wrote this blog i have now 4 grandkids and weve moved half the country away to california

i am busy volunteering mostly at our community garden which i frequently write about
i am in the biogen aduhelm study at ucla called embark where i receive monthly infusions
my memory seems to be intact as my latest memory tests show
we stay busy being grandparents

we have little to complain about
we are contented
we are thankful this thanksgiving for where we are at physically and emotionally

the picture below in the old blog is looking up our driveway towards the highway
i chose to not pave this driveway but leave it as it was when we bought the place
along the driveway there would be lots of wildflowers during wildflower seasons
those red trees are called flameleaf sumac
they turn this beautiful red color that pops out in the photograph
during the spring there are large cream colored flowers on the trees that are swarmed with honeybees
when you walked among these trees you felt like you were inside a beehive the bees were so loud

yes we had and have a lot to be thankful for then and now


i would like to wish those of you who read
my blog
a happy thanksgiving

i am quite thankful of your readership
have a good one
we my wife she and i would like to wish each of you a 
happy happy thanksgiving day this year

the organicgreen doctor

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