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, April 03, 2005

Dave gave me my Vitamin B/12 shot this morning and I hope it kicks in soon. I also got my Fosamax as I do every Sunday morning. Then Dave made us a delicious western omelet… Yesterday I washed the dog’s beds and helped Dave give them a bath. Today I am washing our sheets. I want a clean bed when I come home tomorrow after having cataract surgery. Please pray that it all goes well and pray for the doctor to have a steady hand… I hosted chat and fed the roses and pansies. The pansies are so pretty and I noticed I have a few buds on the roses… I finished making tortilla soup that I started yesterday for our supper tonight… I won’t get to eat or drink after midnight and my surgery isn’t till 1:45 tomorrow afternoon. I hope I don’t starve going that long without eating… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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