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, December 23, 2004

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! Jennifer is our granddaughter in Moore, Oklahoma…
My cough is hanging on and sounds terrible but I am feeling so much better. I did some clearing in the house, helped with supper, and played solitaire and dominoes and that is about it for today… Dave made up the sugar cookie dough for tomorrow night… The dogs don’t seem to mind going out in this very cold weather. I keep an eye out for them and let them in as soon as they finish doing their thing. It is going to be down to three tonight and seven below zero for the wind chill… Madison called and she was all excited about her Mother’s birthday party tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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