Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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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, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! Jennifer is our granddaughter in Lexington, Oklahoma
I had a horrible night last night. I was awake all night and I am blaming the steroids I am taking and to think I only have two days down out of ten. At least I think I am not coughing as much now… Charlene, the nurse came to see me and gave me a Vitamin B/12 shot. She said I should take a sleeping pill tonight so I can get some sleep and be ready for our family gathering tomorrow night. I will for sure take a sleeping pill… Dave and I got the sugar cookie dough ready and it is in the refrigerator for tomorrow. It is a family tradition that I started back when the boys were very small. We use the same cookie recipe and same cookie cutters. Tomorrow all the grandkids and great grandkids will join in cutting and decorating cookies and David will be there rolling out the dough… I made a spinach quiche for supper and it was really good. It had been a long time since I have made one… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

1 Comments:

Blogger karen said...

I hope you are all better to make your cookies. Sounds like a fun time. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

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