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.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

While Dave was gone with the motor home today getting a tire repaired. I got in the pantry and threw out all the stuff that was outdated. It is such a waste but I will not eat anything that is past the use by date… I cleaned the bathroom, picked up in the bedroom, did laundry, and fixed supper… Our new washer and dryer that is less than a year old are messing up. At least they are still under warranty. A year ago my new refrigerator quit working… We have decided to just keep our Honda CRV for now. There is nothing wrong with it and it only has 44000 miles on it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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