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.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Happy First Day of Spring!!! Dave left early this morning to take Cindy to the Vet to get her teeth cleaned. Then he went to Tinker to pick up our drugs and then to the Commissary… I decided to stay home and rest up for tonight’s DASNI AGM… I went with Dave to pick up Cindy. The Vet had to remove a few teeth but Cindy seems to be doing fine. We stopped and picked up some canned dog food for her because we are sure her gums are sore… We have had storms and tornados in the state but we just got dark sky and rain so far… I took care of the house plants, did laundry, and fixed supper… I tried to take an afternoon nap but my brain wouldn’t shut up and let me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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