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.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The phone rang around seven and woke us both up and after that I wasn’t able to go back to sleep and I sure wasn’t ready to wake up. Dave had no problem falling back to sleep. If only I could have been so lucky… It sure felt good not have to go anywhere today…. I have been busy picking up around the house, doing laundry, taking care of the plants, and hosted two chats. I did take time out to watch the birds at the feeder and the cows across the highway… Our Bradford Pear trees are blooming and the Pansies are sure pretty right now… I was able to get in the whirlpool by myself and got out with a little help from Dave… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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