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.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

This morning I got my shower and we went to Piedmont to see the local travel agent. We wanted to get some information on a cruise to Hawaii. We left there with plenty of reading material. Neither of us has ever gone on a cruise… Dave went by the pharmacy to pick up a medicine he can take daily for his gout and it won’t harm his only kidney. I sure hope it helps him because I don’t like seeing him in pain… This afternoon my cousin, Beverly called. She is Aunt Florence’s daughter. Beverly lives in Wisconsin and is here in Oklahoma visiting her daughter in Tulsa. They will drive down in the morning to visit us… In the mail today I received “Still Alice” CD’s and I have already started listening. The author, Lisa Genova, reads it… I need to get ready for Beverly’s visit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger karen said...

I just found you. I like you post . My mom used to take the Aricept and namenda but now she is on hospice and they do not pay for these drugs. Since I have taken her off them. I can see a differance . Not big ones but slight ones. These meds. do work. I will be back to visit.

November 8, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

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