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.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

When I woke up this morning Dave told me he was having back pain and was dizzy. I asked him to call his doctor and he did and the doctor told him to go to the emergency room. I tried to get Dave to let me call 911 but he wouldn’t so I called Kenny and he came right down and drove us to Mercy Hospital. We were surprised when we got there and there weren’t many people in the waiting room. The nurse called us in before Dave could even start on filling out the paper work. They did a CT Scan, blood work, and X-rayed his back. The doctor said that Dave’s Potassium was low and he had a lot of wax buildup in his ears causing the dizziness and the back pain from the low potassium… We stopped at Wal-Mart on the way home and picked up medicines. Dave is on a bunch of new meds now and is on bed rest for a while… We had more storms tonight and another beautiful rainbow… Thanks Kenny for being there for us today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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