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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I have been busy as a bee today… I have been clearing a path for the maids visit tomorrow. I did laundry, took care of the houseplants, fixed our supper, and chatted with my friends in the DASNI chat room. We had people from England, Ireland, Tennessee, Hawaii, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and one that I never caught where she was from. I don’t know what I would do without my friends in chat. It seems like all my local friends have forgotten me. I guess they are just too busy… Dave went to Edmond to get stuff for our lawn… Tonight I got in the whirlpool tub for a nice bubble bath. It may be my last time to get in the tub, as I wasn’t able to sit down so I just dropped. Then when it was time to get out I thought it wasn’t going to happen. Dave worked and worked with me to get me out. I was so afraid he was going to have to call 911… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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