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, August 18, 2009

We got another good rain with the thunderstorms last night… Yesterday I went with Dave to the doctor because I wanted to ask questions and make sure he got Xray’s of his knees. We had a very long wait and by the time the doctor finally came in, I was fit to be tied. Dave wasn’t too happy with me for being so impatient and I doubt if I will be allowed to go with him again. I mentioned in the chat room today to the others who have Alzheimer’s if they had the same problem with waiting and they all said they did. One even said she had walked out before… Dave went today for his Xray and to get his hearing aid adjusted again. While he was out he picked up a new monitor because his quit on him the other day… I had plenty of ME time today. I did laundry and spent time outside watching the birds, hummingbirds, and the butterflies enjoy the bougainvillea and butterfly bush… I had supper ready when Dave got home… I went up to Kenny and Kathy’s to see Josh… Goodnight All.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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