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, December 17, 2004

The maids came and went this morning. They are in here and out in no time. I know I am bound to have a stroke some morning getting up and around before they get here. I feel so drugged in the mornings and it seems like they keep getting here earlier and earlier… Dave has been busy working in the garage building shelves and such trying to get organized for the New Year… Josh called around noon and asked if we could pick him up at school and of course we did. They were all finished at school until next year. They sure get a long Christmas break… I hosted the DASN chat and here is a link to the chat room we had a great bunch of ladies there. They came from Canada, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oklahoma… I hope if you have Alzheimer’s or dementia or are caring for someone with dementia of any kind you will consider joining DASN International. … We got two boxes from the mailman and both were things I had ordered online… I am putting up a beautiful sunset that I got to watch from my chair looking out our study windows here tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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