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, July 02, 2010

I am so confused on what day it is and the holiday isn’t even here yet. Today seems like it should be Saturday… The Nurse’s Aide called me and said she was on her way to see me. I was outside feeding and deadheading roses when she showed up in my back yard. I had completely forgot that she had called me… I fixed lunch, chatted with friends, did laundry, and helped with supper. Lynne, we had Spam Supreme, I wish you and Larry could have been here… Dave mowed our 2 and a half acres and it looks so nice… Kathy called and her washer was messing up so we will go out there and see if Dave “MR. FIX IT” can fix it for her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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