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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Happy Birthday Bob!!! Bob is Dave’s brother in Huntington, West Virginia… Last night I went to bed without posting a journal. I didn’t think about it until I was already in bed watching Medium… Kathy called and invited us up for supper last night. She had made her delicious lasagna… After we got home from Kenny and Kathy’s I went to chat and then straight to bed… I am starting to have asthma symptoms again. That isn’t a good thing either. I just hope they don’t get as bad as last year. I was sick from November thru February… I cooked a chicken and with Dave’s help made tortilla soup… Dave has been busy today shampooing our carpets… I called Teresa in Missouri… We received our first Christmas card. I also received my signed copy of “Dancing with Dementia” by Christine Bryden. I am enjoying this book as much if not more than Christine’s first book. “Who Will I be When I Die” You can order Christine’s book by going here: Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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