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, June 09, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Susan!!! Susan is a friend in Canada… This has been a really hard week. First off we lost Dewey then on Wednesday Dave went to the doctor barely able to walk because of the pain in his ankle. Dr. Corman was concerned because he was also running a temperature. Since he was afraid it could be a joint infection he sent Dave to the Emergency Room at Mercy. I hadn’t gone to the doctor’s with him so when Dave called and told me he was going to the Emergency Room I called Josh to see if he would drive me to Mercy and he did. They did blood work, X-ray’s, and an ultra sound. They said he had gout. He was told to stay off of the foot and keep it elevated and was started on meds for it. We went by Wal-Mart and picked up his meds then came home. We had just arrived home when we got a call from David saying that he had just received a call from Kerry and they were at the hospital and he said that Kooper Allen didn’t make it. I started crying and have cried every day since. It was one day before Kooper Alan was to be born. Erin went in Saturday to deliver the baby and was told that instead of a boy she had a girl. They named her Kerrie Ann… Sunday they had a Memorial for Carrie Ann at David and Lori’s home. It was very nice. There were over fifty family members and close friends there… We had a stormy night. At 2:30 our weather radio woke us up with a tornado warning. So we gathered up the dogs and our meds and headed for the Safe Room… We were in there for about a half hour then when it was safe we headed back to bed. It rained all night and we got some much needed rain… Jamie, Jason, and the kids flew home on Saturday… Dave is going in a couple times a week to have his blood checked for kidney function due to the medication for gout. Since he only has the one kidney they need to keep an eye on it. He went in this morning and I went for my chiropractor treatment… We never made it to the Tulsa Conference, maybe next year… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane said...

Dearest Mary, Dave, Kerry and families,

We have prayed for your comfort and safety. I am very sad to hear that your grandchild was stillborn. I know your family is close and that will help, but it takes a long time to heal. Continued prayer for your recovery and safety.

Diane & family, TN

June 10, 2008 at 8:23 AM  

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