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.

Friday, October 16, 2009

This morning I did laundry… I had an appointment this afternoon with Dr. Corman. I found out he just got over the Swine Flu. I was almost afraid to go to the doctor because I was afraid of getting the flu. Lori and Madison have it now. I was lucky because I walked in and the office was empty which is very unusual. I still have the Urinary Tract Infection. This time he is treating me with a different antibiotic (Levaquin). I am to take it for fourteen days instead of the usual seven days. I hope this one clears it up because I am sick of feeling bad… We went to Tinker Air Force Base and picked up the antibiotic and then we took advantage of the beautiful day and took a drive in the country southeast of Oklahoma City. It is very pretty out in that direction with a lot of trees and rolling hills. The leaves were turning and I enjoyed getting out of the house… We stopped at Sam’s and picked up a pizza for supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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