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, August 29, 2006

Today has been just beautiful. The temperature was in the low 80’s. The Monarch butterflies are all over the place… Shiloh is getting to feel at home now. She can be trusted to go outside now without a leash. We will not let her out if we are having storms because she gets very frightened and would probably just take off running… I have been so tired. I think it is all from stress. Dave is having trouble following doctor’s orders and that puts a lot of stress on me.,, I hosted the DASNI chat this afternoon. We had a special guest in chat. Kumiko, a reporter from Japan was visiting Lynn in Vancouver and joined us and wanted to ask us questions. After chat I took a short nap. We are still getting our supper brought in every evening by our neighbors. This has helped out so much. I have enough to do without having to worry about fixing supper. God bless our neighbors… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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