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, December 10, 2009

David was here at 5:30 this morning to drive us to the hospital. I was complaining about having to get up so early but David got up a 4:00 to get here in time and he didn’t get home from work last night till close to midnight. What a great son we have. It was freezing cold when we left. After they did some lab work they decided against doing the surgery because Dave’s potassium was too low… We rescheduled it for after the holidays… David stayed and had breakfast with us then he headed home. Dave has been sleeping all day with his foot elevated. His right foot is six times larger than it should be. He got up long enough to eat supper and right back to bed he went… I have started the I Caps vitamins for my eyes, two in the morning and two in the evening. It supposed to help with the macular degeneration. I sure hope it works… I mailed a check to my favorite charity, the Salvation Army. That always gives me warm fuzzy feeling inside… I will be getting under the flannel sheets early tonight. My legs and foot hurt from being on my feet so much… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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