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, August 23, 2005

We got another good rain during the night and early this morning… Dave took Karmelita into the Vet this morning to have her teeth cleaned. I went with him to pick her up. The Vet removed a few of her teeth and she also removed a polyp. I worried about her all day and was glad to see her back home and so were Cindy and Tootsie. She is on antibiotics and has been eating and acting fine. We really like our new Vet… I did laundry, fixed supper, and went to chat at: I met a person there from Kuwait… I had calls from Chip and Nancy… I am going out on the porch and watch Kenny fly his new plane that Dave just finished for him… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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