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.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

It is the first day of spring I can hardly believe it is finally here but so glad it is. I went outside and checked on the trees and flowers and watered some… Dave put out the Bougainvillea and Petunias that I had stored in the garage for the winter.Dave sets up my medication for me every week and he will set a pill cup on the counter for me to take three times a day. Once I take one container he will set out another one for the next time and so on. This afternoon I went in and saw the pills so I poured me a glass of juice to take them with and picked up the glass and walked into the study and worked on the computer went back an hour or so later and there on the counter were my pills. That is how my days go… I took the sheets off the bed and washed them and Dave hung out the pillows to air out… Thanks to Heather's suggestion, my nightmares have stopped… Dave planted our first batch of corn... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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