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, June 05, 2006

Yesterday I skipped doing a journal because I wasn’t having the best of days and sometimes I haven’t anything to say. Yesterday was one of those days… Today I fed the roses and other flowers. Dave mowed our acreage and ran the edger and weed eater yesterday and it sure looks nice… I am feeling very sorry for Dave as he preps for his IVP in the morning. I am trying not to eat anything in front of him because he can only have clear liquids… Dave and I enjoyed sitting outside this evening, there was enough of a breeze to keep us cool. Later I came in so I could chat with my DASNI friends… I was watching the local news tonight; they were doing a segment on Alzheimer’s. It went in one ear and out the other. I can’t hang on to anything anymore… We are having temperatures in the 90’s again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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