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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is our friend in Vancouver BC, Canada. Happy Birthday Karianne!!! Karianne is our grand neice in Huntington, West Virginia… We got a good rain during the night and storms too. Our weather radio kept going off during the night but thank God it was only for a severe thunderstorm warming. I have been busy today. Hosted the DASNI chat, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, deadheaded the roses in the backyard and shelled peas. Dave put his boots on and went to the garden to pick the peas for me. I didn’t want to get in the mud with my scooter… My neck, shoulders, and back have really been hurting. Dave made me an appointment for in the morning with a chiropractor. I hope she can give me some relief... I helped fix supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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