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.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

We went to Smokey Bones last night to eat. The food was great but it was really noisy. I kept looking for a knob to turn down the volume … Today hasn’t been one of my better days. I am having reflux and my knees and hands hurt. I never dreamed getting old could hurt so bad… I am still confused on what day it is… I have been chilling and had to go to bed to get warm… I cleaned our bathroom, fixed lunch, and hosted chat… I will try not to complain tomorrow… Kenny came down tonight with peanut butter fudge, tomorrow he will tell me I have a big butt… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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