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, January 27, 2011

I didn’t post a blog last night because I was busy having a big Pity Party. With the Asthma and having to use the rescue inhaler twice a day, my lower back was hurting really bad and then the sprained foot. Not to mention I have Alzheimer’s. I know there are a lot of people worse off than me but last night it was all about me… Today is a much better day. Thank you God… I ran the dust mop, cleaned bathroom, took care of the house plants, and did laundry… Brenda, the nurse’s aide and Brender, the nurse came to visit me this afternoon… Lori had surgery this morning and doctor said it all went well. I hope she has a fast recovery… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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