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, March 11, 2005

Dave gave me my vitamin B-12 injection last night. I was a little late getting it but at least I got it… I had nightmares last night and I was glad to wake up and find out they weren’t real. When I first woke up I couldn’t even remember where I was living but after having my coffee I finally figured it out and I sure felt better after that. It was very scary for me for a while… I picked up, took the sheets off our bed, and did laundry. The maids were coming today and I was sure happy for that. Now we have a whole month to dirty it up again… Nancy called and I called Chip… We have invited Martha, Alfred, and his mother over for dinner tonight and I am looking forward to meeting her… It has been a beautiful day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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