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, October 07, 2005

I got up earlier than usual to finish getting ready for the maids. I never know what time they will show up and sure don’t want them catching me in bed. I had nightmares last night so I was more than ready to wake up this morning… I have been sitting in my chair looking out the window at the woods just knowing it won’t be long till the leaves will turn and drop off the trees. But any more the time goes by so fast I know in no time the leaves will be back. So many people dread this time of year but not me, I enjoy the change of seasons… It was a beautiful day, 65 degrees and plenty of sunshine. I saw many monarchs today. I love watching the flying flowers… It is getting late, the sun has set and the maids still haven’t showed up. I hope they come before my bedtime… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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