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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today I have been finishing up the laundry and getting stuff put away. The hardest part was making decisions on what to keep and what to toss… I didn’t sleep well last night. I have this terrible cough so decided to take some cough syrup at bedtime and I was scratching most of the night. I must have been allergic to the cough syrup… Brenda the aide came and did some dusting for me… We are talking to the local carpet people about getting rid of all the carpets and putting down hardwood floors. That should help out with my allergies… I am going to get ready to watch “Dancing With the Stars”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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