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, December 06, 2004

Happy Birthday Chris!!! Chris is our grandson in Oklahoma City…
Thanks to Norma in California and Dewey in North Carolina for signing my guest book at my old web site. I am happy to see that you have followed me over here… We had thunderstorms and got a good rain from them… I picked up around the house, did a load of laundry and rearranged the furniture for our Christmas tree that Dave is putting up as I write my journal. I hosted chat and it was very slow today. I guess everyone is busy doing their Christmas shopping and etc… I have had Christmas music playing all afternoon. I even heard Dave singing along with them… Kathy called and invited us up for a spaghetti supper. Yummy!!! Kathy makes the best spaghetti… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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