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, November 30, 2010

It has been like grand central station here today. The Nurse’s aide came, then the physical therapist, and then the nurse came. Nurse’s aide helped with making the bed and dusting, PT gave me ultra sound treatment to neck, shoulders, and lower back, and the nurse gave me my vitamin b/12 injection. I managed to do three loads of laundry in between their visits, chat with friends in the chat room, and fixed lunch and supper… I think I am starting to feel better just after 19 pills of the prednisone… Jan, and old DASNI friend called me and it sure was good catching up with her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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