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 01, 2005

Last night I started reading the book Notebook. As soon as I finish the book I want to watch the DVD … The doctor’s office called this morning for Dave to come in for a blood pressure check… This morning was the same as all the mornings before. Coughing and Wheezing and Coughing and Wheezing and so on. It has been worse in the morning and evenings but today it seemed to last all day… I striped our bed and did laundry… This afternoon I left chat early and went and crawled in bed and was able to take a short nap... I called and made an appointment to see our family doctor tomorrow at the same time Dave will be going in for his blood pressure check up… I hope tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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