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, September 19, 2006

It has been a fabulous day here. The windows are open and I wish I could bottle this weather and keep it. No wind at all, temperature is in the 70’s… Dave and I took the dogs into the vet for their shots this morning. She examined Cindy and said she has cataracts in both eyes and she also has heart problems. The doctor started Cindy on heart medication. Cindy weighs 10 pounds and 2 oz. Karmelita was just fine. She weighs 3 pounds and 2 oz. Shiloh did not need shots but she examined her and we talked about her shedding problem. The doctor thinks she is between two and four years old. Shiloh weighs 6 pounds and 2 oz. She has gained over a pound since we got her in June… I cleaned the bathroom, did some yard work, fixed a salad for our lunch, hosted chat, and helped with supper… I remembered to watch for Josh and Heather to get off the school bus and waved at them… I called Kim, Lori, and Martha… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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