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, October 05, 2008

Dave and I both attended church on television this morning. With his hearing problem we decided to stay home… I have been very busy today. I folded yesterday’s laundry and put it away. Washed two more loads of laundry, hosted the DASNI chat, picked okra and shared it with our neighbors Kim and Bobby and Billye and Sean. I love being able to share vegetables with our neighbors…. I washed the dining room window and the draperies… David called this morning. Madison and Macey had spent the night with them so I was able to talk to them. I love those girls. They are excited about going trick or treating on Halloween. They told me what their costumes were but I have already forgot what they were… I am still approving new members to DASNI and I can’t believe how we have grown… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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