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 30, 2004

It has been a very warm 70 plus degrees today and very windy. It blew one of our birdfeeders down and broke it. I am glad it wasn’t our new one… I did laundry and got to see the bottom of the hamper for the first time in a long time. I ordered us some new pillows online, paid bills and worked on the checkbook. Soon we will have used all our old checks and will be able to use the new ones with our new address… The gasman came and filled our tank today it was only have empty but since he was in the neighborhood he went ahead and filled it… I watched a movie “Walking Tall” and hosted two DASN chats … I am still receiving Christmas cards… Kenny came down for a short visit… I started on the Keflex today so in a couple days I hope to feel better but know I have to be on these four times a day for ten days… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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