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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We left right after lunch and went to the Credit Union, then to see Alfred and Martha, and then to Dave’s 3:00 appointment with the Retina Specialist. We were there till 6:00. I had taken a book with me to read but forgot and left it in the car. I am a very very poor waiter. I know Dave was wishing he had left me at home. The Doctor examined him and then they did an ultra sound. He told us that the tumor had grown and that he didn’t want to fool around and take any chances. He is making arrangement to have the eye removed. Tomorrow Dave has to go in for some more tests including a liver test… We left there and went to Kerry and Erin’s house. I gave Erin her prayer shawl and she was happy to get it. I can’t wait to get in bed with my prayer shawl tonight. Dave has gone through so much and now this. We will make it through this but we need lots of prayers… We stopped at the Sub Way and Heather was there working and fixed our sandwiches… I called David and Norita and we went up and told Kenny and Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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