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, February 25, 2009

This morning Dave gave the dogs a bath and I washed their bedding… Dave went for a follow-up doctor’s appointment for the Gout. Doctor wanted him to come off the medication he was on for it since he was doing better and the medicine can affect the kidney… Dave then went up on the roof to replace some roof shingles that had blown off several days ago. I begged him not too but he did anyhow… Between the stress of getting used to a new computer and Dave climbing on the roof, I went to bed for my Nebulizer treatment and fell asleep for about an hour or so… I was just starting to fix supper when Kathy called and asked me to go with her to pick up a recliner. So I went with her and turned the supper fixing over to Dave. By the time I got home he had it all ready. Kathy got a nice leather recliner just her size… It was another beautiful warm day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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