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 20, 2007

We had thunderstorms all night last night. Shiloh and I slept with an eye open so doing that I didn’t sleep well. Plus the weather radio kept going off… I am having much more trouble with anxieties… This morning I went with Dave for a doctor appointment. Dave had some lab work done last week and the doctor didn’t like the report so he had him repeat it. The doctor is thinking that the lab made a mistake. While we were there I asked the doctor if he could increase my BuSpar and he said that he could increase it. Right now I am taking 10mg three times a day and he said he could double that. I sure hope that will take care of my anxieties… I went to the Beauty Shop and had my artificial nails removed and then we went to Olive Garden for lunch… Tonight Dave picked green beans and I broke them and cooked them for supper and we had Lori’s delicious Stroganoff… A special hello to George and Carol in Louisville, Kentucky… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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