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.

Monday, August 29, 2005

My legs hurt me all night long. I woke up with a pain in my rib cage and it is still there. I am doing nothing but complaining so will stop it right now… I washed our bedding and the dogs bedding so we all have clean beds to sleep in tonight… My computer has been dimming and I thought it was the battery that was going bad. Dave called Dell and they told him it was the motherboard. Found out my warranty expires tomorrow. I really lucked out there. They are sending a box for us to send the computer back to them. I am so thankful it is still under warranty… I was hungry for tortilla soup so I cooked a chicken and that is what we had for supper… I called Martha and they are in Virginia. We are watching diesel fuel prices and if it goes much higher we may have to cancel our trip. Boo Hoo… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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