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, March 08, 2007

The doorbell rang about 10:00 this morning and woke me up. It was the FedEx man… The new home that is going up across the street is coming right along. They are framing it now and it is going to be a huge house… I felt overwhelmed with all I had to do today. The maids are coming tomorrow and I had so much to do to get ready for them. No, I don’t clean before they come but I do have to pick up. I have to clean off stuff so they can dust and I don’t want to leave anything valuable out. They have never taken anything but I still like to have stuff put away… I did two loads of laundry and I was folding clothes on the bed when I was so tired that I just stopped folding clothes and laid across the bed just to rest a bit… I noticed on my web page “Mary’s Place” that I am about to hit 10,000 hits again. This will be the third time I have reached 10,000 hits. I have made many friends through my web page and the chat room… Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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