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, August 11, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday Tom!!! Tom is a friend in Dallas, Texas.... Dave found out his Pet Scan will be done next Tuesday… I got up early this morning for a follow up appointment with Dr. Brown. He ordered lab work and also did a urinalysis, which he said showed blood in my urine. He started me on another pill for inflammation and I am supposed to put heat to my breast three times a day and if I am still hurting in a couple weeks I should see him again. Then the next step would be a biopsy. He mentioned that it could be Paget Disease… We left the doctor’s and went to Tinker Air Force Base. We had to pick up meds from the pharmacy and then to the BX and the Commissary. I was worn out by the time we got home. So tired I was ready to cry… I hosted the DASNI chat this evening… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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