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 16, 2008

The All Star game lasted for 15 innings. I fell asleep watching it and had to call David today to see who had won. I was happy to hear it was the American League… Dave woke me up real early this morning so I could go with him to see Dr. Mosca, the urologist. It was his three month check up and everything was ok. He did say since Dave has had cancer twice there is a good chance he could have it again. I pray not… We went to Tinker Air Force Base and then went by to visit Pat and Carl... Please keep my brother, George in your prayers as he is going in the hospital tomorrow for a procedure… I deadheaded the roses and hibiscus and fed the roses, fixed supper, and walked in some showers… Lori called and I called George and Martha... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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