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.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Last night it was very stormy so I shut down my computer and went to bed. That is the reason for no journal entry last night… This afternoon I went with Dave to the Oncology Doctor at the St. Anthony’s Hospital. We waited two hours to see the doctor. They apologized and the doctor was very nice. He is tentatively scheduled for surgery on July 9th. At that time he will have a radiation patch sewn on his eye. It takes time to get the seeds for the patch. I had plenty of magazines to read while I was in the waiting room so that kept me out of trouble… I am enjoying the daytime awards show… We sure are getting plenty of rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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