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, May 11, 2007

Dave woke me up early this morning so I could get ready to go for the PetScan. I got through it with no problems... Afterwards Dave took me out for breakfast… The maids came after we got home. I did a load of laundry and the house is clean so I should be able to rest for a little while… Josh came down to show us the Certificates he got at an Awards Ceremony the other night. He got one for outstanding accomplishments in US History and another one for outstanding accomplishment and excellent performance in CROSSTRAINING. Good job Josh… Kenny and Josh came down to eat with us tonight… David called and I got to talk to Macey… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Alzheimer's in Hawaii said...

Oh Antie do not know how you do it with chat and Blogs. You are a trouper.
Just wanted to tell you to have a wonderful time with your guests and a very Happy Mother's Day. Lots of hugs while you are gone from chat. Do not worry I will do my best to get help. ALOHA ANTIE Jeanne

May 12, 2007 at 3:28 PM  

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