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.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Today I went with Dave to see the audiologist. He told Dave he couldn’t do anything to improve the hearing in his right ear because it has too much nerve damage. The left ear can be helped with a hearing aid so he has ordered one for Dave. We ran several errands while we were out, stopped at the Piedmont Service Center and gave them a donation, and also went to the Salvation Army and made a donation there. While we were at the Salvation Army I noticed a couple guys sitting in their cars and one was wrapped up in a blanket. I just can’t seem to get that picture out of my head. It is so cold, near zero with the chill factor… We stopped at our favorite Mexican Restaurant and had supper… I called David… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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