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, February 02, 2008

I went to bed early last night and fell asleep right away. Dave had to wake me up to give me my bedtime medication… I felt so much better when I woke up this morning. I watched a movie in bed before I got up to start my day… Kathy came down with a box of vegetble seeds that she had ordered to plant in our garden. We are both getting excited about that. The potaotes, snow peas, and onions will be planted later this month… It was a pretty day today with lots of sunshine and little wind. The temperature was 59. Dave took advantage of the nice weather and got his radio controlled plane up in the air… I did laundry, helped fix supper and chatted with my online friends… There was a beautiful sunset tonight… Dave is going to Kenny’s to watch the fights tonight. I will stay home and watch the dog show… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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