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.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yesterday I was in bed most of the day with a tummy ache. Only got out of bed long enough to go to the safe room. We had a tornado warning, which turned out to be only a really bad hail storm. Our yard was covered with golf ball size hail. Dave had gone to the hangar with Kenny. I gathered up our four dogs, our medicines, and my purse and went to the safe room. Kathy came over with her two dogs to join us in the safe room. The rent house they are living in until their new home is ready doesn’t have a place for them to go… Dave and I saw Dr. Wilbanks today. Dave saw the doctor for fatigue and me for my tummy ache and shoulder. They drew seven tubes of blood from Dave and one tube from me. I am now on antibiotics and they gave me a shot in the butt for my shoulder pain… We left there and headed to Tinker for our medicines and went to the BX and bought luggage, then to the commissary for groceries… I helped put groceries away and fixed us a microwave dinner. That is all I felt like doing… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane said...

I'm sorry you got sick. Its so exhausting being sick and all the doctor appointments become like a job :( I love how large your extended family is and even when its a tornado that brings them together, its full of love.

May 18, 2010 at 5:52 AM  

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