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, December 08, 2006

Today was a better day than yesterday but there is still some room for improvement… I got up early this morning to get ready for the maids visit. I laid out the flannel sheets for them to put on our bed. When they finished I gave all three of them a Christmas gift… I took care of houseplants and noticed I have a bloom on the Crown of Thorns that Lori had given me. The Violet is blooming but no signs of a bloom on the Christmas cactus yet. I never know when it will bloom. I think last year it bloomed for Thanksgiving. I did more laundry. Where do all these dirty clothes come from? … Sammy came down for a visit this afternoon. He sure is a good puppy as long as I can keep him away from the cords. He likes coming down to play with the other dogs. Sammy is barking now and he is loud… I attended a DASNI board meeting tonight… I called David and Kenny… Looking forward to crawling in between the flannel sheets tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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