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.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

I rushed around this morning in order to get to my appointment with Dr. Baugh. I am not a morning person anymore… I got the results of my breathing test and Dr. Baugh said I definitely have Asthma. She increased my ADVAIR from 100/50 to 500/50. My sleep study showed I have Restless Leg Syndrome. She ordered another pill, Mirapex, for that. She said I dreamed a lot and that I don’t have Sleep Apnea. I was happy to hear that… I had phone calls from Carole and Nancy… I started chilling again this afternoon and went to bed and turned on the electric blanket and it wasn’t long till I fell asleep… I contacted David Shenk, author of “The Forgetting” and he has agreed to be a guest in our DASN chat on Monday night… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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