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, January 11, 2011

We had a chill factor of below zero this morning and I had to get out in it. I had an appointment for a pulmonary function test and then after that I had an appointment with Dr. Fixley. We had about an hour and half to kill between appointments so while we were there we went down and had lunch at the Heart Hospital. It was very good… While I was waiting for my test some lady came up for her appointment and she was told that her appointment was tomorrow. I remember doing things like that… Brenda, the nurse’s aide was here waiting for me when we got home… That cold dry air sure is hard on someone with Asthma…. Dave fixed our supper while I rested… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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