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, October 16, 2006

It was sure nice to see the sun come out this afternoon. Having the sunshine about all the time in Oklahoma, you really miss it when it doesn’t show up… I took care of the house plants, picked up around the house, fixed lunch, fixed supper, and did two loads of laundry… The roses, mums, and pansies are really looking good. I hope I am able to enjoy them for a long time before the bad weather comes… Dave has been spending a lot of time in his hidey-hole. At least I always know where to find him. If he isn’t in there he is out flying his planes… Tomorrow I go for my spa treatment, which includes a facial, massage, manicure, and pedicure. It was a Christmas gift from Kenny and Kathy. I can’t wait… Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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