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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I did two loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, fixed lunch and supper, and put fresh sheets on the bed… I called the doctor today about Dave. He is still running a temperature and his knee is quite swollen and very painful… One doctor told me to call another doctor and I was getting the run around. I think it is because no one takes me serious because I have Alzheimer’s. David came out and he did some calling and got some answers. He will come back tomorrow morning and drive Dave to the doctor’s… David brought us some leftovers and we really appreciate that. Thank you Lori and thank you David… I sold our Honda CRV tow car today… We will miss it but we have no use for two cars now… It was a very pretty day up in the 70’s… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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