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, May 22, 2005

This is Sunday and the day I take my Fosamax. I take it and have to sit up for thirty minutes and can’t have anything to eat or have coffee. I am starting to dread Sunday mornings because I want my coffee and breakfast soon after I awake… It is way too hot for me. It was 99 degrees and that is the third record-breaking temperature in a row… I got out this morning just long enough to deadhead the petunias and geraniums and water them… I played solitaire and hosted chat. We had people from California, Florida, United Kingdom, and Oklahoma… I washed a load of clothes and tonight after dark Dave, Kathy, and I picked snow peas by moonlight… Beverly a cousin in Wisconsin, Kenny, and Martha called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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