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, January 05, 2007

I slept good last night and felt rested when I woke up at 10:30… I did two loads of laundry, cleaned bathroom, fixed lunch, hosted the evening DASNI chat, and cooked a chicken for tortilla soup for supper… After watching Oprah yesterday showing how dust mites hide in our mattress. I asked Dave to vacuum our mattress and I washed the new flannel sheets to put on our bed. Also we will try out the new heated mattress cover tonight. I hung our pillows outside to air out… It is supposed to turn cold tonight… They are starting another house across the road in our neighborhood. They were moving the dirt for it today. That means I will have more dust. YIKES… I called David… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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