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, January 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Norma!!! Norma is our friend in North Carolina... It was a warm 76 degrees today… We got that dreaded call this morning from Martha. She said the doctor told her to call all family and friends to tell them they needed to come now if they wanted to tell Alfred goodbye. Dave and I got ready and went to the Baptist Hospital where Alfred is. We spent a couple hours with Martha. Alfred didn’t know we were there but we did. I despise cancer… I took care of the houseplants and that is about all I did today… I am feeling really nervous and jittery tonight. I hope it will pass soon… Lori called and the nurse from the doctor’s office called saying Dave was low on potassium and he was to drink orange juice and eat a banana and Dave did that… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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