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, January 16, 2005

Happy Belated Birthday Judy!!! Judy is Dave’s sister in North Carolina… Happy Belated Birthday Jeanne!!! Jeanne is our friend in Hawaii… I woke up feeling much better this morning. Thank goodness I feel like a different person today… It has been a very cold day, high was in the twenty’s, but the sun was nice and so was the sunset… I have noticed two new birds in our back yard. Now I need to see if I can identify them. They are sure going after the sunflower seeds… I hosted chat, played dominoes, solitaire, and did a load of laundry… I had a call from my brother. Carol has fallen and fractured several bones in her foot. He also told me our cousin Joe isn’t doing well. Joe has cancer and Carol and he will be in my prayers and I hope they will be in yours also… I will be watching the Golden Globe Awards tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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