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.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dave woke up this morning with bad gout in his foot. He took one of his powerful pills for gout and went back to bed. I got the ice bag out and put on his foot… I hosted chat, did laundry and folded clothes and put them away… The ice cream truck came and took us to get an ice cream cone. Then we went out to Kenny and Kathy’s and went swimming. The pool was nice. Everything went well until I was getting out of the pool and I had a bad fall. I fell backwards off the ladder. I hit my head and back on the ground. I am all bruised and thanking God I didn’t break my neck or anything else… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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