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.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Dave got me up around 3:30 this morning. I got my shower and was ready to go by the time Kathy came now to ride with us. I am sure happy Kathy went with us… Dave surgery was scheduled for 7:30 but the doctor was about a hour late. He ran into his room to say hello and he apologized for being late. Dave was in surgery for about an hour and the doctor said it all went well. He said in three to six months we should know if the radiation works. He said it could take up to nine months before we know for sure. So here we go waiting again.... Kathy and I spent about thirty minutes in his room and then left to come home for a nap… David and Lori and Kenny were going to visit him later today... We are having storms so I will post this and shut down the computer… Thanks for your prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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