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, July 10, 2006

We thought we were going to get some rain this afternoon but it went around us but then tonight it came back around and we got a good one. And yes, I did walk in the rain until it got too heavy and with the lightening I decided it wasn’t a good idea… I have been busy watering houseplants inside and plants outside, deadheaded flowers, did laundry, dusted our bedroom and cleaned the bathroom, went to chat, fixed lunch, and helped fix supper… We took some fresh vegetables from our garden to our new neighbor and finally got to meet her and I already forgot her name. Also delivered some to another neighbor… Dave’s brother Richard called and we had a nice chat… I have a terrible headache tonight, it started on the left side of my head and traveled up to the front of my head… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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