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 09, 2008

Dave saw the doctor today and she took off the patch. She said it looked good. He doesn’t have to go back for four weeks unless the thingy she put in to keep the eye socket open falls out. I sure hope it doesn’t… We went to Dillard’s and bought some new down pillows. We lucked out because they had gone on sale today. Then we got us some new clothes… Our neighbors, Bob and Kim came over this evening and I gave them some green beans and okra… Tonight we went to visit Kenny and Kathy. Kathy had picked a bunch of cucumbers and gave them to us. While we were there Josh came home from work so I got a hug… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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