Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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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.

Friday, May 01, 2009

It was a nice day. I got out and checked on the flowers and trees. I noticed that the Crepe Myrtle that Kenny gave us last year is showing life and the white Iris’s are starting to bloom… I went to the DASNI chat, fixed lunch, and helped with supper… In the evening when we are eating supper we have a couple Doves come to eat under the bird feeder… Here is a link to the Bapi Study that a lady has asked me to post, www.icarastudy.com I am going to take a break from journaling… I will be back… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

1 Comments:

Blogger Diane said...

My DEAR Mary,

I miss chat. I find a great hole in my life without others with early onset to chat with, but somehow 2 oclock vaporizes daily. Even with alarms! You continue to amaze and inspire me. I rest a great deal most days. Haven't kept up with blogging like I should. I will try to catch up. No trips to OK anytime soon, but we are taking the RV out every month and *loving* it!

May 21, 2009 at 4:47 AM  

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