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, March 30, 2005

David called yesterday; he said they have a new calf. Kenny came down last night and told us Josh made the principal’s honor roll again. Congratulations Josh, you make your grandma’s heart smile big… I was wide-awake all night last night and feeling flushed. This happened before when I had a cortisone shot. I finally got out of bed around four this morning and got on the computer answering emails and searching the Internet. Dave noticed I was out of bed and came to check on me… I have been busy today. Trying to play catch up for all the days I was away from home. Doing the laundry, cleaning the bathroom, hosting chat, dusting, and fixed supper... Dave got on his tractor and mowed our acreage, planted more corn, watered the garden, and fertilized the yard… I thought we were going to get some rain but it didn’t happen. We really are needing a good rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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