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, November 19, 2010

Happy 9th Birthday Madison!!! Madison is our sweet Great Granddaughter who lives in Lexington, Oklahoma… Our house has been like grand central station today… First Brenda, the Nurses Aide comes, she visits with me and checks my vital signs and helped me put the flannel sheets on our bed. I figure it is about time for them. Next, Tony, a Nurse from Cornerstone comes and he brings us a loaf of pumpkin bread as a Thanksgiving gift. It sure is good too. Next the Physical Therapist comes. She evaluated me and has ordered a TENS unit and ultra sound for my back. I am sure hoping they help because I am so tired of hurting. Next our maids come. Our house is clean and I love it… Dave took me out to eat tonight. I was tired from all the company and I didn’t want to dirty up my kitchen… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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