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, March 02, 2005

My foot with the tumor in it woke me up this morning. The tumor I have had for quite some time and is too large to remove so the only thing that can be done is to remove my foot. It hurts me all the time and sometimes really bad, but not so bad that I am ready to have the foot amputated yet… Madison, our three-year-old great granddaughter, called and says she misses me and wants me to come see her. I miss her too. So hopefully next week we can do that… I had a phone call from Chip and he sounded good and cheerful as always… I took care of my houseplants and helped Dave fix supper. We have gotten so we work pretty well in the kitchen together. It has taken us 45 years to reach this point… It has been a beautiful day with lots of sunshine with temperatures up in the upper 50’s. I went outside for a little while… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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