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, June 17, 2010

I have felt very overwhelmed today. I do not like this feeling… Ali came and gave me another work out. This was my last day for physical therapy. I will miss Ali and I need to keep doing my homework… We hired someone to do our roofing today. It will be four weeks before they can get to us. We have used these people before when we lived in our other house… I did laundry, picked up around the house, went to town to run errands, and went by Aldi’s to get some strawberries… I made another Land's End order... I halfway watched a movie “Valentine’s Day” Now I am watching a basketball game. Go Boston!!! Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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