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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I was so tired when I went to bed last night that I went to sleep soon after I got in bed. Dave had to wake me up to give me my bedtime medicines… I slept late this morning. I am so glad I can sleep good. There were times when I wasn’t able to sleep… We still haven’t got any rain here, they are having flooding in parts of our state but we get no rain here… I had a talk with myself this morning deciding what I wanted to get done today. I took a shower then stripped the bed and started the laundry. I did three loads. Dave gave the dogs a bath and I washed their bedding. Now we all have had showers and our beds are clean… My joints are sure achy tonight. Maybe we will get rain… Good Night All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma


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