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.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This morning we left for Dr. Barreto’s office for me to have some fasting lab work done… After my blood work we went to TLC Nursery and bought a weeping willow tree, mums, and some other stuff. Then I went for a manicure, for the first time in years, I finally have some nice nails. Guess what we did next? Yes, back to looking at cars. The dealership let us bring home a car tonight so we could check it out over night. We are getting close, I think to making a decision either to buy one or to keep what we have… Josh has started to coming down every evening to ride my stationery bike. We like that because we are able to see him more… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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