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 02, 2004

I have had such a busy day. I hope I can remember everything I did. First off I went to see the eye doctor for a follow up on my eye surgery. He thought everything looked great and I now have 20/20 vision in my right eye. I don’t have to return for six weeks… Then we went to Harry’s TV for an open house which we get invited to every year. I had some great eggnog and cookies and they also gave me an aloe plant and calendar… From there we went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few groceries… Then to IHOP to eat… We got home just in time to put things away and get ready to go to a Christmas dinner/ theater. We met Kenny, Kathy, Josh and Heather there… Heather sang in the honor choir and the high school put on a great show also. We heard some great Christmas music. They have some great talent at Piedmont… I am feeling in the Christmas spirit tonight but very tired… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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