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.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I am still having trouble staying online, for the past couple days I haven’t been able to stay on long enough to even post a journal… Dave and I have been keeping busy. On Tuesday we got out of the house and ran some errands. That took up most of the day. On Wednesday David and Lori came and brought Madison and Macey, our great granddaughters, to have lunch with us. That made Dave and me very happy. I got lots of hugs and kisses. David brought us some squash from his garden and I fixed it for our supper and it was yummy… Today I picked up around the house, watered houseplants, fixed supper, and did laundry. I washed the mattress cover and sheets… We both love having a nice clean bed to sleep in… Dave went to get pre registered at the hospital and I stayed home to take care of things here… Tomorrow is the day that they do Dave’s biopsy. Martha will be with me tomorrow and she will drive us home from the hospital… We got some good news today; DSL will be at our house soon. We were very happy to hear that… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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