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.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June came and went by so fast… Yesterday the nurse told me I needed to be checked out by a doctor since I fell. So this morning Dave called and made an appointment for both of us.
Dave has been suffering with swollen feet. The doctor prescribed a new water pill for him to take along with his other one. He said he was sure the pain in my lower back is from muscle aches. He prescribed a muscle relaxant for me. He also gave me a tetanus shot… I chatted with friends in the DASNI chat room, folded yesterday’s laundry and put them away, and fixed supper… Kenny and Kathy are moving into their beautiful new home today. We will help them as much as we can… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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