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.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I didn’t sleep well last night so I have been tired all day. I wish I were able to take naps… I did a load of laundry picked up around the house, cleaned the bathroom, and fixed supper… I will be going to bed early tonight… David and Jeanne called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane said...

There's more to naps than you might think. Sometimes just "resting" not really sleeping helps. Sometimes it takes longer since you're not sleeping, but it can help. Many days I take 3 hour rests in my bed with the laptop/TV/dogs/Cats and drift and rest. that's why I forget the 2pm chat!

January 20, 2009 at 5:39 AM  

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