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, June 09, 2010

Last night we went to Kenny and Kathy’s new house. Their 24ft round pool has arrived. I can’t wait till it is built and filled. I need to work on a tan. They have started laying the tile at their house and it is really pretty… I had a nightmare last night and I woke Dave and myself up screaming… Ali, the physical therapist came this morning. She is really happy with how I am doing. After she finishes I am ready for the ice bag… I fixed lunch, chatted with friends in the DASNI chat room, washed our sheets and hung them out on the clothesline, pulled weeds, made nectar for the hummingbirds, and fixed liver and onions for supper. The liver is some beef liver that David gave us. They don’t eat it and Dave won’t eat it either… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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