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.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Happy Birthday Roger!!! Roger is our nephew in Colorado Springs, Colorado… Thanks to Margie in El Paso, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my Guest Book… Today I have been paying for my trip to Wal-Mart yesterday. I didn’t get out of bed till afternoon. I had such a cloudy head and no energy at all… I spent most of the afternoon just sitting in my recliner with Karmelita lying beside me. She is my sweetie pie… I had a phone call from friend Martha and Alfred, they are on their way to California to spend Christmas with their kids. They only left yesterday and I am missing them already. It makes it tough when you only have one friend and they leave… I cooked supper. Tonight I was asking Dave if the whole ham we bought would hold the roaster. LOL . Well he showed me the roaster would hold the ham…,,4845,00.swf … Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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