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 16, 2007

Thanks to Don in Melbourne, Florida for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
I have been busy today. I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, went to chat, and made a spinach quiche for supper with Dave’s help. We haven’t had a quiche in a long time and we both like it… Everyone keeps asking Dave if I am being a good nurse and I think I am. Dave was really out of it when he got home Friday but during the weekend he was wondering if he shouldn’t be putting drops in his eyes since while he was in the hospital they were putting in two different drops twice a day. So first thing this morning Dave called his doctor and sure enough he was to be putting two different drops in his eyes four times a day. Appears the doctor was pretty lax in his discharge instructions. So they called in the order to the pharmacy and we went in to pick them up. I sure hope it doesn’t cause any damage to his eye since one is an antibiotic… I called my brother George and David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

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