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, June 04, 2010

I woke up early this morning; I wanted to check my neck. It is looking better. I got my shower before Ali came. She gave me a good work out and more homework. She is such a nice lady. Really everyone who comes to visit me from home health is really nice… Brenda came and did some light housekeeping and after she left Redonna the LPN came. I missed half of chat today because of all the company. We had people in our chat room from Hawaii, Arkansas, Ireland, Scotland, and Oklahoma. I think it is great how we can chat with people all over the world… I fixed lunch, did laundry, and fixed supper… Now I need to go fold clothes and put them away… Dave is doing lawn work tonight. I made him wait till evening instead of going out in the middle of the day like he usually does. It is in the 90’s today. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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