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.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Thanks to Susan in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
This morning I slept late as usual. It seems I require almost 12 hours of sleep. And since I am unable to nap in the afternoons, I sleep longer when I do get to sleep. I function much better with plenty of sleep… I cooked a pot of butter beans while I did laundry. Reminded me of how Mom would cook beans when she did laundry on Monday’s. I don’t have a certain day to do laundry. Today I washed our bedding and the dog’s beds too. I hosted the afternoon chat and made cornbread for supper… Dave and Kenny continue to enjoy flying their planes… We watch the deer every night. Kenny said he saw seven deer the other night. He stays up later than me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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