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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thanks to Julie in Australia for visiting Mary's Place and signing my guest book at
Josh has been staying with me since the day that Dave went in the hospital. He is sure handy to have here. He helps me a lot. Last night he drove me to the hospital to visit Dave. It is a long drive and I thought I knew the way to the hospital but I got us lost. We ended up having to call Dave for directions. That made me very nervous because the traffic was horrible. But we made it there and had a nice visit with Dave for thirty minutes. The allowed time we can be in there… Dave said the discomfort wasn’t too bad but we know that he is a tough old bird… He called me this morning and said the doctor told him that there was a good possibility that he could lose the sight in his eye because the cancer was so close to the optic nerve. I sure hope that doesn’t happened… I didn’t post a journal last night because when we got home it was late and I went straight to bed. I have been very tired all day so Dave told me to stay home and rest. Kenny went to visit him today… Tonight Kathy, Josh, Heather and I sat outside and watched the birds at the feeder and the redheaded woodpecker came to visit while we were out there. Sammy and Teddy, Kenny and Kathy’s puppies, came down too. Sammy got into my tomato patch and picked one of the green tomatoes and ate it. I told him they were much better fried… Sally and Martha called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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