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.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy Anniversary Peter and Ann!!! Peter and Ann are friends in England... Dave brings me breakfast in bed every morning and he has done that now for several years. This morning I went to reach for my bib on the bedside table and I dumped my cranberry juice all over the bed. What a mess that was. I had planned on washing the sheets anyhow. But I ended up washing sheets, comforter, and mattress pad too. That is the first mess I have ever made in all the years that I have been having breakfast in bed so guess that is something to be proud of… I did it!!! I joined tan and tone and went today for the first workout. There were several ladies that were working out. Becky, the girl who took me through the exercise tables is very sweet. Dave drove me there and he read while I was there… I gave the dogs a good brushing. I have been neglectful in doing that, I should do it daily… Chip called this morning and it is always nice to catch up with my friend Mr. Chip… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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