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 16, 2004

Thanks Dewey in North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
Today I am feeling stressed with all I need to do before the maids come tomorrow and our family gathering on Christmas Eve and I am feeling sad also. I have been thinking a lot about my Mother today and this will be my first Christmas without her. I miss her so much… I have kept busy today doing laundry, making out a grocery list, hosting two chats, and working to get a link up on my old web page that takes you directly to this one. I did it but it doesn’t look like I wanted it to but it works and I guess that is what counts… I received anther birthday card in the mail and the Christmas cards are still coming in. Many of them have been forwarded from our old address… I received a phone call from friend Chip. I really enjoying talking to Chip, we have so much in common and share some laughs. I am glad to hear he is enjoying his new puppy… I was finally able to add a picture here without any help. I took this picture yesterday of the Amaryllis in full bloom… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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