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.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The wind came back today and it was a strong wind. We had temperatures in the 80’s. I put on a mask and went outside to check on the flowers and our vegetable garden. The Peonies are blooming and we have a couple green tomatoes… Tony, the nurse came to see me this morning and he said I should be taking ibuprofen three times a day for pain in my shoulder. So that is what I have been doing, plus the ice pack… I did three loads of laundry and fixed supper… I went to see the chiropractor and when we got back home Brenda, the aide came. Brenda took my vital signs and she helped me put clean mattress cover and fresh sheets on our bed… I watched “Dancing With the Stars” and American Idol tonight and ate popcorn… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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