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, January 17, 2007

Dave had a doctor’s appointment for a follow up on his blood pressure. So I had some ME time. I fed the fish, fed the birds, took care of the houseplants, cleaned the bathroom, did a load of laundry and he still wasn’t home. I was really starting to worry since his appointment was here in Piedmont only four miles from our house. He was going to get a hair cut and run by the Dollar Store, which is our grocery store in Piedmont. He was gone for a couple of hours. I finally saw him drive up but he couldn’t get up our icy driveway, which is on a hill. He was out there for three hours spreading kitty litter and shoveling and he finally made it… If you click on this link you can hear my story and others who are dealing with dementia We made it up to 32 degrees today. Almost 78,000 are without power in Oklahoma. I called our friends Wade and Jan in Checotah and they are with out power. They said their campground looked like a disaster area, all their trees were down… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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