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, September 18, 2008

This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Baugh, my Asthma doctor. The Asthma is back. She increased the Advair to 500 twice a day for the next two weeks and gave me a steroid injection… We ran some errands before heading to Tinker Air Force Base to the pharmacy. We left there with a sack full of drugs and then went to Lowe’s to get a new kitchen faucet… We went by the Honda dealership to see Jean Cantwell but she had already gone home for the day. While we were in Midwest City we passed David on the road... We got groceries and then came home. I helped put away groceries and I fixed us a quick supper. I am tired again tonight and I am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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