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, February 24, 2009

Today was a beautiful 70-degree day with very little wind. Thank you God for a day that I was able to get out on my scooter and play with the dogs. We even were able to raise windows to air out the house… One of our dogs, Mindy, the Maltese has been chewing on her tail so bad that she chewed some of it off. Dave took her to the Vet this morning and the Vet sewed up the bad area and removed one of her teeth. We sure hope this will take care of the problem. We would hate to have to have her tail docked. She is such a pretty dog and she loves everyone and everyone loves her… Sugar and Shiloh followed me all over the yard today and we even went up to the garden. I wasn’t sure how Sugar would do with me on the scooter but she was just like Cindy used to be, bouncing behind me… I did another load of laundry and fixed supper… Dave and Josh got everything transferred from my old laptop to the new one and for the first time I am doing a journal on the new one… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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