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.

Friday, February 27, 2009

This morning I had to crawl out from under the covers early. I had to be at Dr. Barreto’s at 8:30 for some fasting lab work… It was a very cold and windy day; I don’t know what happened to our spring. We are back to winter again… We went out for breakfast, went to Sears and to Aldi's to get groceries. We had planned to do more errands but I was ready to come home after that. I was half asleep when we left this morning and forgot my mask so I needed to get home and use the nebulizer and the rescue inhaler… I fixed beef stew in the pressure cooker. It has been awhile since I made beef stew and used the pressure cooker but I figured it out and the stew was delicious… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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