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, March 24, 2006

I didn’t do a journal yesterday because I spent the day in bed resting and just didn’t feel like doing one… Yesterday I didn’t wake up till noon so by the time I woke up our beautiful snowfall was about all gone. I hear it was a picture post card… I am feeling like a new person today after a day of rest… I did laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, and helped fix supper… This afternoon in chat someone mentioned it was Friday and I almost wanted to argue with her. I thought sure it was Thursday. But now I know better than argue about anything. I have learned that I am not always right… Dave got out today and flew his Sailplane so he is a happy man… Josh came down to show me his report card. He made all A's and B's. Way to go Josh!!! I called Martha. Their Schnauzer got bred this week so they should have puppies in about nine weeks. Another thing for me to look forward too… Another DASNI member has written a book on his life with Alzheimer’s. “Don’t Bury Me; It Ain’t Over Yet” By Charles Schneider and it is now available… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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