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, April 20, 2010

Tony, the nurse came to see me. Because I was having pain in my gum, he told me to call my dentist. I did that and got in this afternoon. I was worried it was a tooth but the dentist thought I just needed an adjustment on my partial. I was happy to hear that… Brenda, the aide came and she put clean sheets on our bed. I had already stripped the bed and did laundry… We went to the jewelry store to pick up my ring while we were out. I am so happy to have it back. I felt naked without it. We made a stop at TLC to pick up some more plants. Dave got them all planted for me while I fixed our supper… I made some nectar for the hummingbirds and filled three feeders… Dave’s doctor called and he gave Dave good news on the scan he had last week… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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