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.

Friday, February 04, 2005

I woke up this morning feeling better than I have since before Christmas. I think the new inhaler is helping, at least my cough is sounding much better. Gosh I sure hope so because I am sick and tired of feeling bad… Kenny called this morning after his visit to his doctor and he has high blood pressure. He will be put on medication for it. He seems too young for this… I placed an online order for our next Schwan visit next week… I did some more reading and then I got so cold I had to go to bed and turn on the electric blanket to get warm. I think I fell asleep for a short time while I was there… We had another beautiful day up to 62 degrees… I washed another load of clothes and that was about it for today… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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