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, January 31, 2006

Thanks to Joann and Clarence in Welcome, North Carolina, Lori in Greenfield, Indiana, and Lisa in Belmont, Massachusetts for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… It really lifted my spirits to see so many signing my guest book, that and the emails I get encourages me to keep on keeping on…
Last night when I got up from my recliner to go to bed I was hurting so bad I could hardly walk to the bedroom… I am on so much medication that I hate to take a pain pill but this morning my knees and foot were still hurting so I gave in and asked Dave to give me a pain pill. Dave said I should just stay in bed today and rest and I didn’t argue with him when he brought my laptop into me. I have been in bed all day just lying here watching TV and playing games on the computer, which helps me take my mind off the pain… 68 degrees and strong winds today and several fires in Oklahoma but none near us… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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