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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I woke up this morning feeling very overwhelmed from thinking of everything I needed to do today. I was making my self ill with wondering how I am going to get it all done… Dave pitched in and helped me get things done and it all worked out. Thanks Honey… I stripped the bed and we are back to flannel sheets again. It is supposed to be down to 20 tonight. I hosted the DASNI chat and did two loads of laundry. They are not all folded and put away but they are clean… Tonight was Dave’s Bible Study so I stayed with Martha and we picked up supper from the Church and brought it home to eat. It was Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salad, Green Beans, Roll and Apple Crisp. It sure was good… We stopped by Wal Mart on our way home to pick up some drapery hardware… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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