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.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dave got the humidifier out and got it going. I have been waking up in the night with my mouth so dry… This afternoon I was warming up some soup for our lunch. Walked out of the kitchen into the study and completely forgot all about cooking. Dave found it on the stove burnt. I should have known better… We went to doctor’s office today. Dave had to have some lab work done and while we were there we got our flu shots. We ran some more errands while we were out. It was a beautiful day in the 70’s. A great day to be out… When we got home I got on my scooter and gave Sugar a ride. Then I came in and cooked supper. This time I didn’t leave the kitchen… I received cards from Jeanne and Sandy today. Thank you ladies for thinking of me... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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