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, December 28, 2005

Happy Birthday Lucy!!! Lucy is Dave's sister in Huntington, West Virginia...
We left early today to go for my doctor’s appointment. It was for a follow up urine test… Then we left do go shopping. I had some gift certificates for Christmas and I had to go spend some… We ran some errands and picked up a few groceries at Aldi’s. By the time we got home the nurse had already called and it was after office hours and too late to call her back. So I will find out in the morning about the results of my test… Going now to watch an OU basketball game on TV… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Bookworm said...

Hi Mary, I came across your blog by accident and read a little because of several similarities within my own family. My maiden name is Lockhart, originally from Scotland just south of Edinburgh. My paternal grandmother and my father both suffered with Alzheimers. A dreadful horrible disease which I pray fervently that I will not be stricken with - I read a quotation once which is so poignant "I am not dying, I'm just disappearing before your very eyes."
I noticed by your book selection that you have a tendency to read books dealing with the subject of Alzheimer. I have read The Story of My Father by Sue Miller - which you may wish to read at some point.
I wish you well with many years of clear thinking. God Bless you.

December 28, 2005 at 5:48 PM  
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