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, November 29, 2010

This morning Dave and I were up early to go for our doctor appointments. Dave went to see Dr. Seres for a follow up appointment on the procedure he had done. He was told he had Barretts Esophagus. The doctor said they caught it early so that is a good thing.
I had the snow crab legs and steak and Dave had the seafood platter. It was really good. The waitress was so sweet she put on gloves and helped me crack the snow crab legs. She could do it better than me and I really appreciated her. I may still be there if it weren’t for her help… I went to see Dr. Fixley. He said I had a bad case of Asthma. He started me on Prednisone. I started out with ten pills today, nine tomorrow, and eight the next day and so on till they are all gone. If I am not better in a week I am to call him… I did a load of laundry and that is it for today. I hope I feel better tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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