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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Brrrrr it is cold outside, 40 to 50 mph winds at times… Dave went to see the doctor today. It was a follow up for his kidney surgery. Doctor said everything looks good. He wants him to have a CT Scan the first of the year… We went to Tinker today to get groceries and pick up our prescriptions… We decided to do away with our aquarium. We were down to one three-inch cichlid. It was too much work for Dave to keep it clean. I now have a beta fish… We stopped on our way home at Subway and picked up our supper… Now I am drinking a cup of Cappuccino and watching Dancing With The Stars… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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