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.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Dave and I went to get groomed this morning. We were both looking like a couple of shaggy dogs. Then we took all three dogs to the Vet to get their shots. Karmelita weighed 3 lbs, Shiloh 6.6 lbs and Mindy was 4.8 lbs. The Vet said they were all in good shape except Karmelita needs her teeth cleaned and we plan to have that done soon… We had leftovers for supper. Gave us more time to spend with the dogs… Since Mindy is only five months old, I told the Vet that I would have to live to be past 85 to out live her and she just laughed… For my birthday I received a beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid and I have had it for almost a month and it is still living. I will post a picture of it… I called George… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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