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.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Up early this morning to go for my dental appointment. I was hesitant about seeing this new dentist but Dr. Sparks was really nice as was his staff. He put me on an antibiotic. I will go back in a week to see if the swelling has gone down in my gums. I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot of this dentist… After my appointment we went to Tinker Air Force Base, got our prescriptions and some more groceries. Also went to the BX and got Kenny’s birthday shoes finally. I had ordered his shoes twice but they were out of stock so I gave up and went and bought him a pair. He is like his Mother and has big feet so they are hard to find… I got home in time to go to the DASNI chat to chat with my friends… I read three chapters of Become a Better You. I helped fix supper and called Chip in Florida… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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