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.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Our Internet went down last night and when Dave called to report it they said it would probably be down till Monday. But it came back on this afternoon… I woke up feeling pretty rough this morning. I spent most of the day in bed… Alfred and Martha called to say they were coming out. I hadn’t even gotten dressed when they called so I hurried and got presentable. They brought their granddaughter Gracie with them. It was nice seeing Gracie and them again… I baked an apple pie to take to Barbara’s house tomorrow… I watched movies and played dominoes… This evening I caught myself trying to put a gallon of milk in the microwave instead of the refrigerator. LOL it is a good thing that it didn’t fit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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