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, June 13, 2007

I hosted the afternoon DASNI chat and then Dave and I went to the garden to pick green beans for supper. They were so good… Please keep Dave in your prayers. He has been having trouble with the vision in his left eye. He went to see the eye doctor and was referred to a specialist then this specialist referred him to a retinal specialist who he saw this morning.. He found out that he has an ocular melanoma in his left eye. He will be going into the hospital for five days soon for radiation. This is so scary for both us. It was just about a year ago that he found out he had kidney cancer and now this. God got us through it before and we know he will get us through this… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

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