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, October 15, 2009

Last night I had a terrible time falling asleep. I think it is because of the housing situation we are dealing with. It was after 11:00 when I woke up… I am happy to say that the sun came out today and tonight I got to see a pretty sunset… I have started reading a book that I received in the mail today. It won’t be available to the public until next year. The book is “The Thousand Mile Stare” Unraveling the Genetic Mystery of Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Gary Reiswig is the author… I hosted the DASNI chat. In case you don’t know what DASNI stands for. It is: Dementia Advocacy Support Network International. Here is a link to the web site … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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