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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

David and Lori left today for a short trip to Mexico… I fixed lunch, chatted with my online friends, did two loads of laundry, and put fresh sheets on our bed… Kathy called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

1 Comments:

Blogger TAMMY said...

Hello Mary, How are you today? My son fopund your story and sent it to me. I am50 years old the mother of 3 and have a lofe partner. Mabey 2 weeks ago I was diadnosed the very same disease. It broke my heart and dropped me to my knees! I'M ONLY 50! This happens to older people or so I thought. I havent started any med's yet. One minute I am fine, or somewhat LOL. The next balling and don't know why. I am so very afraid! I have so much I want and need to do. But ask me in 5 minutes and I can't remember. My first grandaughter is coming Dec. 15. All I know to do is give it to god. But he is a busy guy the anxiety attacks, crying spells and confusion leave me so alone. I'm sur you know. Please write back.

November 25, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

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