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.

Friday, November 24, 2006

I woke up tired this morning and part of it was because of all the excitement the past two days. I had a hard time falling asleep last night and that didn’t help any… We have been enjoying the leftovers today… I folded the laundry that I found in the dryer and put it away… It was such a pretty day that we didn’t want to stay home so went into town to do some errands… I planted the hollyhock seeds that Richard gave me when we were in Tennessee. The hollyhocks remind me of my childhood years. Mom had them… One of our neighbors Cliff, Kelly, and daughters came by and brought us an early Christmas gift, a beautiful Poinsettia… Richard called and Kenny came down to pick up his birthday shoes that were delivered today. He was happy with them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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