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.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Yesterday the wheezing and the coughing had gotten much worse and I knew it was now in my chest. Dave called in the morning and made an appointment with Dr. Brown. I got in at 1:30, found out I not only have asthma but also have bronchitis. He started me on a new antibiotic Zyrtec. This one is supposed to be really good and you only take it for five days. I got more cough syrup H-C Tussive. He also gave me some samples of Singulair and Zithromax, He recommended I get a flu shot. He didn’t have any at his office and suggested we go to the Health Department so both Dave and I got one… Then while we were out I ran into the license’s bureau and got my driver’s license renewed even though I no longer drive… I didn’t rest at all last night and today we had to go to Tinker to get our medications. That was an all day thing. I wouldn’t have gone but I wanted to get started on the antibiotic as soon as possible. We had lunch at IHop while we waited for them to fill the prescriptions…. I could hardly wait to get back home so I could crawl in bed. I was lying here about to fall sleep when I heard them mention Tracy Mobley on the news. They showed the TV interview they did of Tracy and Allen in Missouri. Tracy and Allen are our friends and Tracy is a DASN member. Congratulations Tracy and Allen on getting the word out that Alzheimer’s is not just an old person’s disease. Tracy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was in her thirty’s…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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