Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Location: Piedmont, Oklahoma, United States

I live in Piedmont, OK, with my Husband of 50 years who has been very supportive. We have 2 sons,David and Kenny, 6 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. Before I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I ran a Licensed Day Care Home for Infants for 15 years. I noticed I wasn't able to remember important things and having problems with my speech. I was experiencing severe headaches. I would get lost. I didn't know how to use the computer. At the age of 55, I told my doctor. I was sent for an MRI. which showed a large amount of shrinkage. I went to a neurologist who sent me for two days of testing. I was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband and I were both in shock. I had to give up my job. I went to see a social worker. I've taken Aricept for 11 years. I can now use the computer and even do this web page. I also host a chat room for dementia patients. This is a very lonely disease. I don't want anyone to feel as lonely as I did when I was diagnosed (I thought I was the only one over 50 that had Alzheimer's). In 2006 I started taking Namenda. Also I was told I have a mixed dementia, Alzheimer's/Vascular.

Monday, January 31, 2005

I keep forgetting to mention that Kenny and Kathy were down the other evening to take a look at Dave’s new workshop in progress… I talked to Heather on the phone this afternoon and she is going to try out for cheer leading. I hope she gets it. She sounded so excited… Getting a good night of sleep sure does make a person feel better. Except for waking up with wheezing and a bad coughing spell I have had a great day…. Dave left early this morning and was gone most of the day. Leaving me with our three dogs. Dave had to make a trip to Tinker AFB to get me some more drugs. Then from there he had an appointment at the OU Dental College to get his teeth cleaned. Dave’s blood pressure was too high so they sent a fax to his doctor and sent him back home. I worry about Dave so much… I did a load of laundry, some dusting and picking up around the house and worked on the checkbook and paid some bills… All our snow is gone except for a snow ball the boys across the street made… Josh came by this evening for a short visit… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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