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, December 14, 2004

Happy Birthday Trevor!!! Trevor is our grandson in Moore, Oklahoma who is six today…

When I take a day off to play as I did yesterday I get so far behind here at home and being tired to boot. I washed a load of clothes and picked up around the house,. I hosted chat and we had several there and I played some online dominoes at pogo… My Amaryllis has its first bloom already and it is so big and beautiful… Our Schwan man Robert Redford came with the order I had called in last night. I always manage to spend at least a hundred dollars. I asked him if he was related to the movie star and he laughed and said, “ I wish I were”… Martha and Alfred called and came by with our Christmas gift and I baked a Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie, which we shared. Martha and I watched a TV movie tonight. “A Vow To Cherish” … My aunt Florence and Lori called and Kenny and Josh came down for a short visit… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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