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.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Janey!!! Janey is a friend that lives in Illinois… Happy Birthday JOSH!!! Josh is our grandson who is 21 today… I fixed our lunch and supper by myself… Ali came and gave me physical therapy. Today was the last day for her. Now I need to keep doing them by myself… I went for another treatment. I have a big bulge on the back of my neck; Tami said swelling causes it… My Knock Out Rose is starting to bloom. I need to get outside and feed the Roses but the wind is so bad it isn’t good for me to be outside… Dave made me three birdhouses… Going to get the ice pack now and watch some television… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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