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.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dave has had several naps today, but he says he has no pain. The doctor called this morning to check on him… I have been tired all day. I had a terrible time falling asleep last night. I guess I got over stimulated yesterday… Jennifer another neighbor called this morning and said she would like to bring our supper tonight and she did. She and her three children brought it in. Kyle even made us chocolate chip cookies. I am getting fatter by the minute. Last night Kim brought us brownies with our meal. I am not used to eating like this… Kathy picked their peaches tonight and she had about a half of bushel and she shared with us. Our peach trees aren’t doing that well. Maybe next year they will do better. They are still young yet… We have had several phone calls today. I can’t begin to remember all of them. But they were appreciated… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma…


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