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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I had to get up really early this morning to get ready to go with Dave to Integris Southwest Hospital to be pre-admitted for his procedure on Friday. Doctor is doing a Cystoscopy, Retrograde, Pyelogram. I am thinking that means they are checking out his bladder and kidney. After we left the hospital we went to Tinker to pick up our prescriptions and get groceries. We also went to the BX where an Elizabeth Arden make-up artist made me up. I felt so much better when she was finished and looked much better too. I needed a pick me up. I left there with some new make-up. We got gas on base for $1.69… On our way home we stopped for a Braum’s treat, a Buttered Pecan Mix, Yummy!!! I helped put away groceries and fixed supper… I was having an Amelia attack. She is the new baby across the street that is two months old. I hadn’t seen her for a month or so. She is so sweet and she talked to me… It was a beautiful day in the 60’s… I called Norita and George... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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