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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I didn’t sleep well last night and was woke up early this morning with the phone ringing… I think I know why I have been good for nothing the past few days. I went too long without a Vitamin B12 shot… I went to the DASNI chat room and chatted with friends… Dave’s nurse came to check him out, and then my nurse came. She gave me a shot… Later the nurse’s aide came… I did a couple loads of laundry… Dave had to take a Indocin for his gout… We watched a movie “Eye for an Eye”… Now we are watching American Idol and recording the Olympics for later… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger karen said...

Hope the shot helps. You need those vits. Never seen that movies. I have heard it is good. Moms gout does not bother her anymore or she does not say anything about it she takes meds everyday for it so I guess they are helping. Good luck to you and your hubby.

February 24, 2010 at 4:01 PM  

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