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, December 08, 2010

What a busy day we have had… Carlene, the nurse came this morning to see me… We took Sugar and Mindy in to be groomed. From there we went for my appointment with Dr. Fixley. He ordered a chest X-ray and that showed my lungs were clear. He ordered Spiriva for me to take along with the Advair 500 twice a day. He said if I am not better in a week then I am to call him. I sure hope this extra medicine will help me feel better… I got my nails done, went to the credit union, grocery store, and then back to pick up our dogs. They look pretty and they know it cause I keep telling them… I am glad we had leftovers to warm up for supper because I was too tired too cook… We did have a pretty day to do our entire running around in… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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