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.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

I saw the PA this morning. She offered me a steroid shot but I told her I have had several and couldn’t see that they helped any. She gave me a prescription for cough syrup and is referring me to an allergist doctor so maybe we can find out what I am allergic too. She also said we should get in the motor home and go somewhere to see if it is Piedmont that is causing all the problems. All this wind and dust blowing out here may be the culprit. David suggested I try some raw honey and I will get some and try it… We went up to Kenny’s, I wanted to see Kathy’s new toy, a Kindle. It is so neat. Dave is going up later and watch the fights with them and I am staying home with the dogs. I will watch some TV in bed… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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