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.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Dave went to Walgreen’s and picked up some medication for us that they don’t have at Tinker. I don’t like it when we have to pay for medication since Dave spent all that time in the service so we could have free medical and we still have to pay for medication… I spent most of today in bed just resting. I finished reading The Notebook and Josh came down and we watched Dodgeball… I had a phone call from my cousin Ernie… Dave has been working hard on his workshop. All the sheet rocking is finished and he has textured and is painting it now. It really is looking good… I tried to go to chat tonight but couldn’t stay because of a terrible headache… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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