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.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Thanks to Steve in Providence, Rhode Island for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
Kathy drove us to Dave’s doctor’s appointment in southwest OKC. We were lucky Kathy is off on Monday’s to take us. The appointment went well. Dave got the clamps taken out and also the catheter. He had a UTI so the doctor put him on Cipro. The doctor gave Dave a copy of the pathologist report. It says that the cancer was just what the doctor thought it was, transitional cell carcinoma… We stopped at Wal-Mart and got the prescription filled and picked up some fruit and other things we needed… It was raining hard on our way home so Kathy drove to her house and I drove us on home. It was a very short distance. Dave didn’t jump out of the car so guess I did okay… I fixed lunch when we got home and after lunch Dave took a long nap… I unloaded the dishwasher, got the trash ready to go out and Josh came down and took it down to the end the drive way… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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