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.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

It was almost one’ oclock this morning when Dave woke me up. I have been having trouble with asthma and I must have needed the extra sleep… I had recorded my church services so I didn’t miss out on it… I watched Shrek The Third again and also watched a Lifetime movie “The Christmas Shoes.” I had told myself I wasn’t going to cry but I did… Dave spent the day working on his airplane and I taught him how to make chili… David and Carole in Missouri called… Our neighbors Sean and Billlie brought us some homemade nutbread and it was yummy… Goodnight Alll… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Alan Gibb said...

Hi Mary - thanks for the Birthday Greeting - have a nice few days off.

December 26, 2007 at 7:00 PM  

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