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, March 26, 2008

We were showered and dressed to go to Tinker Air Force Base this morning when Dave remembered it was the third Wednesday and the pharmacy closes at noon on that day. I am so glad he remembered before we drove all the forty miles out there… I spent a lot of time outside today. Our peach trees are full of pink blossoms. Karmelita likes to ride with me on my scooter. And whatever Karmelita wants she gets… Dave and I went over to see the new house. They have their inground pool in and it is a nice size. They will get a lot of enjoyment from that… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Erin Brooke said...

Well I sure would like to see a picture of Karmelita scooting around with you in your scooter! :) Love you bunches!

March 27, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

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