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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Dave left early this morning for an eye appointment and I woke up while he was getting ready. It was okay with me because I was having another nightmare… I cleaned the bathrooms and did a load of laundry. Not wanting to do anything but I keep pushing… In less than 24 hours we will find out the results of Dave’s CT Scan. We are both anxious. David has told us he wants to be there with us and I am glad he will be there with us… I have been working on writing something for our DASNI president Shirl on what DASNI and the chat room means to me. I know what it means to me but to put it in writing is so hard for me to do now… I have been working on Ms. Shiloh’s attitude problem with a water gun. It seems to be working… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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