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.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

We left early today to go to Tinker Air Force base to get our drugs and to get groceries. We stopped by the Base Exchange and picked up a few items… We drove by our old home and saw it was up for sale. The neighbors sure is going downhill… The trip to Tinker about wears me out. I helped put away groceries and fixed supper. Then we walked up to check on the garden and to check to see how Josh and Heather made out at their first day back school… I watched a pretty sunset tonight… I am going now to soak in the whirlpool. I have an 8:30 appointment with the doctor in the morning. That is much too early for this old lady… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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