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, January 04, 2011

Last night we had another phone call come in at 1:30 AM so I was back on the phone calling AT&T today. I was on the phone for one hour then it was time for chat so I turned the phone over to Dave and he was on for another half hour. I pray this time it is taken care of. I am so tired of not getting a good night’s sleep… Brenda, the aide came this morning and she did some light housekeeping and this afternoon Brender, the RN came… I changed the sheets on our bed and did laundry… Jeanne in Hawaii returned from her cruise and was back in chat today. It was sure great having her back… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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