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.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yesterday I went swimming and by the time we got home all I wanted to do was go to bed and put an ice bag to my backside… Today I chatted with my online friends and did a load of laundry. I have to push myself to get anything accomplished… The ice cream truck came and took us for an ice cream… Please e-mail me if you read my blog. I need some encouragement to keep on blogging. ... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Gayle said...

Swimming sounds fun. I wish it wasn't so painful for you!

July 22, 2010 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Alzgirl said...

I have sent you a 123 greetings card via email for friendship day! F

August 1, 2010 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Lee said...

Boy those words to type are impossible to read. Finally think I am in antie

August 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Mary, you've been our leader for so long. I'm not able to blog much and sure don't read every day like I used to. I don't get to chat, but I do have 2 boys at home and a house to kind of clean without help. Life's been pretty tough lately and I completely understand if you need to step back and take a break. Chat is wonderful and a great source of support, but blogging might take a bit more out of you and not give as much back right now. I continue to hope we all get to meet each other before we die!

August 3, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

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