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.

Friday, February 24, 2006

I didn’t post a journal last night because I was just too upset from worrying about Tootsie. To those who have met Tootsie you know what a sweet and friendly dog she is. Tootsie wasn’t showing any improvement with all the medicines we were giving her. She wouldn’t eat and hadn’t urinated all day. Dave called the Vet back and she wanted us to bring her back in. Dave wanted me to go with him, he is having such a hard time. The Vet took more blood and started an IV and wanted to keep her. I tried to get her (the vet) to tell me if she thought Tootsie was going to make it and she said she would do everything she could but it was up to Tootsie. This time I have to be the strong one and it isn’t easy… I hope to have better news tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma


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