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 17, 2009

I have been meeting myself coming and going. Not much time for the computer anymore… Kenny came and shampooed our carpet, filled the water softener with salt, and took our garbage to the curb for us… Monday, Dave decided he wanted a new doctor so I called and found him one and made an appointment for the same day. David came and took us to the new doctor. Dave really liked him. They did lab work and ordered a echo heart test which was done yesterday. The doctor ordered home health care for Dave and they came yesterday. Kenny took Dave for the heart echo. I don’t know what we would do without our sons… The nurse called today with the results of all the tests and everything was normal except for his thyroid was high and his kidney function was low… I need to get back to the laundry and put fresh sheets on the bed and fix supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane said...

I am so glad to hear Dave got a new doctor/second opinion and you have home health. I hope it is giving you some breaks! A 2nd opinion is what got me in the hospital this time and might have just saved my knee! it's infected with staph.

December 22, 2009 at 1:28 AM  

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