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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The sun came out today and most of the ice has melted. The sun also showed the dust in the house. So I had to dust, a job I hate… I took care of the houseplants, folded laundry, and played with the dogs… Every morning after the dogs have gone out to potty, we put them in bed with us and I get lots of kisses… Today was Alfred’s funeral, it was held in Independence, Kansas. We didn’t make the trip because of Dave’s back pain. The weather wasn’t good for traveling either. I have had Martha in my thoughts and prayers all day, It is so hard to believe that our friend is really gone… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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