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, August 06, 2006

I am feeling sorry for Dave because today he is preparing for his colon scope tomorrow. Drinking that horrible stuff. I have tried not to eat in front of him… I watered the outside plants… It was 105 degrees today. A good for nothing day and that is about what I did, Nothing… Richard, George, and David called. George is in San Antonio visiting Aunt Flo… Our power went off for about an hour. Not a good thing to happen when Dave’s is running to the bathroom. We have no water when our power is off. We were already making plans to move to the motor home with our three dogs if it didn’t come back on soon. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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