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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Last night I stayed up to watch figure skating and I was so happy that we got a gold medal…Today I did laundry, fixed lunch, and supper… The nurse’s aide came to see me and she is supposed to weigh me every Friday. She weighed me and it was embarrassing to see how much I had gained in a week. She called the Nurse and also the office to tell them. The doctor put me on Lasix and I will be starting that tomorrow… The humidifier I ordered came today so tonight I will try it out… I am going back to watching the Olympics… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger karen said...

The scales at the docs. office said I weighed 10lbs more than mine. That was yesterday . Today i am on a diet. sort of. Feel good and be happy.

February 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

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