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, March 14, 2006

Dave found an open sore on Karmelita this morning so he called and made an appointment with the Vet. He got an appointment for this afternoon. Found out she had an infected anal gland. So now she is on antibiotics and medicine for the sore. Dave found out while he was at the Vets that Tootsie died of acute kidney failure. We have an appointment on Monday to take Cindy in to have her teeth cleaned… This has been one of those days with no get up and go so nothing got accomplished except I did trim some rose bushes… Please keep Louise in your prayers. She is Kathy’s Mother and was admitted to the hospital last night. Kathy is by her side… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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