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, January 13, 2006

This morning I got in the shower and when I went to get out I realized I had forgotten my towel. I always get a clean towel out of the cupboard before getting into the shower. It is a good thing that Dave was here in the study on the other side of the house and in yelling distance. I could have fallen down trying to get to a towel. Our tile floors can be very slick with wet feet. The other day I got in the tub without the soap. I don’t know what I would do without Dave… Kenny stopped in to say hello this afternoon and then he and Dave left for Home Depot. I am sure they enjoyed being together and taking their time. Dave came home with a trailer load of stuff to finish up his hidey-hole… I fixed supper and had a timer around my neck while the rice cooked. Thanks to Linda for the timer. It allowed me to play computer games while the rice was cooking… Josh came down to return the DVD and he showed me his grade card. He had all A’s and B’s. I sure am proud of you Josh… I played Dominoes online tonight with Nobie, a long time friend in Paden, Oklahoma… Aunt Flo called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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