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.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Today is the Great American Smoke Out Day. I am happy to say that I don’t have any smokers in my family… I want to give you a sample of my day. I wake up around ten most days. Have breakfast in bed. Stay in bed for a couple hours after I wake up drinking coffee, watching TV and planning my day. It takes me a couple hours after I wake up to start functioning because I take so many drugs. Then I take a shower, start the laundry, ride my stationery bike, then I check my emails and answer them. Then I fix our lunch. I went through our mail, read our weekly paper, and paid the bills and made a couple phone calls. Then I host the afternoon chat. After chat I watch some more TV and check some of my favorite sites on the computer and answer more emails. Plan what we will have for supper. Fixed supper and after supper I watched the evening news, played dominoes at, watch the sunset out my window, and then I go to the evening chats. After that I am getting ready for bed. I toss and turn for a couple hours before I fall asleep… Well that is my day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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