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, May 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Gayle!!! Gayle is a friend in Washington…

This morning I was woke up with a phone call. It was the Nurse saying she was on her way to give a Vitamin B/12 shot. So I hurry out of bed fix my breakfast and start a load of laundry… The Nurse leaves and I fed the vegetable plants. Then the Nurses Aide shows up for her visit… I folded laundry, fixed lunch, and worked in the flowerbeds… One of the three birdhouses that Dave made is already being occupied… Dave mowed the grass and now he has gone to town… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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