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 23, 2005

They delivered the other refrigerator yesterday and this one has the handles on the correct side… It stormed and rained hard all night. Our power went off for a little while… This morning I got to sleep late and that felt good… I washed a load of laundry then got ready to go again. We had to go to Tinker to pick up some prescriptions and while we were there we went to the BX and the Commissary… I went from 500 to 250 on the ADVAIR today. I am hardly coughing at all now so it is has done the job for the Asthma… I fixed supper and worked on reading emails until it was time to go to chat… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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