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, August 08, 2006

When Dave left early this morning to take Shiloh for her second and final heartworm treatment he counted 14 turkeys across the road from our house. When he told me I was disappointed I missed seeing them but I was busy sawing logs at the time. LOL… Alfred and Martha came by this afternoon for a visit. We always enjoy their visits… I went with Dave to pick up Shiloh from the Vets. She is free to run and play and do whatever she pleases now and no more aspirin therapy. What a relief that is. She will start her Heartgard next month and she goes back to be checked for heartworms in six months… On the way home we stopped at Sonic and picked up our supper. I had my first Hot Fudge Brownie Blast and boy was that good stuff and it could be habit forming… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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