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.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Happy Anniversary Chip and Sharon!!! Chip and Sharon are our friends in Florida… I folded and put away laundry that had been in the dryer since Friday and did another load and got them all put away, fixed lunch, and helped fix supper… It was after four before I took my 2:00 meds. I kept meaning to take them but kept getting distracted. Finally when I was outside deadheading the roses I kept saying out loud don’t forget to take your medicine and that worked. I talk to myself often but I don’t remember answering myself… It is looking like we could get some rain and I hope we do… David called and Kenny came down… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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