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.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

This has been a very tiring day. We left right after lunch and went to Tinker Air Force Base to get our prescriptions filled at the pharmacy and we waited in there for two hours before we got our drugs. We left there with a grocery bag full of medicines and that hopefully will last us for a while. I don’t want to go back there anytime soon. Then we went to the Commissary to get our groceries. I think everyone and their brother were in there stocking up on groceries before our bad weather hits tomorrow. We were in there for almost four hours. It is a good thing I am a patient person… Our poor dogs were crossing their legs when we got home. Anyhow it was past dark when we got home and it is so good to be home… I fixed lunch and supper and helped carry in groceries and put them away… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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