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, July 13, 2007

It was a Good Friday the thirteenth here. That is except for the thunderstorms during the night. I got a call early this morning from the nurse at my doctor’s office letting me know that Dave’s PET scan showed no more melanoma… The maids came this morning and before they finished Kathy brought Dave home from the hospital. Dave was pretty groggy and he went to bed for a nap when he got up I fixed his lunch and he went back to sleep. I was even able to take a two-hour nap. I must have been really tired… Josh left about 5:30 to go back home. Josh, you just don’t know how much we appreciated you staying with me while Pops was in the hospital… All of Dave’s brothers have called today to check on him… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

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