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, April 05, 2005

Happy Birthday Alice!!! Alice is our friend in Kokomo, Indiana...
The cataract surgery went well. They put me asleep for a short period of time so they could deaden my eye. I was awake for the surgery. Right after the surgery they put a patch over my eye. I ask for the patch because I am bad about rubbing my eyes. With this surgery I had no pain or burning like I had with the first one. I didn’t starve like I was so afraid I would after missing two meals. As soon as the surgery was over with they gave me graham crackers and juice… I came home and rested the rest of the day… I had to go back to see Dr. Hester at 9:45 this morning for a follow up. Everything was fine. I will go back to see him in a week. Dave keeps busy putting two different drops in my eye four times a day. I didn’t notice until I had already left the doctor’s office that I had a black eye. I never had that with the first one… We stopped by a green house on our way home and got tomato, bell pepper, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, and cucumber plants. Also got some Geranium and Petunia plants… I help Dave put the flowers in pots, took care of the houseplants, fixed supper, and cleaned the kitchen… The Schwan man came and we are all set for food for a while… I have felt really good today… Goodnight All Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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