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 02, 2007

Thanks Diane in Australia for leaving me a comment…
Last night when I went to chat Alan in New Zealand was host and Laura in Tennessee was there. What a surprise to see my very first online friend in chat… I woke up feeling overwhelmed. The house was a mess, how can two people make such a mess or dirty so many clothes. I did six loads of laundry and cleaned the bathroom… I am still having anxiety attacks. Maybe they will go away once Dave has his surgery and we find out the radiation works. When I talked to my doctor about Dave she asked me if they had done a PET scan. When I said No, she ordered one and the hospital called today and he is scheduled for a head to toe PET scan on Friday… I hosted the afternoon and evening chat and we had two new people with dementia. One was in England and the other in Florida… I picked our first red tomato… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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