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.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Happy Birthday Aralee!!! Aralee is a classmate of mine in Schertz, Texas… We had a good visit with Alfred and Martha last night. After they left Kenny and Kathy came down… This morning Kenny called and asked us to go running around with him. Kathy had to work. We hit every pawnshop we saw. While the guy looked at the tools and etc. I was busy looking at the jewelry. We really had a fun time… Tonight after supper Dave and I went up to Kenny and Kathy’s. I helped Kathy with a curtain rod project she had going and then we watched a movie… While I was up at Kathy’s I made several phone calls… I talked on the phone till I was losing my voice. One more day on antibiotics and I will be happy to get off them… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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