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, January 06, 2005

Happy Birthday Matthew!!! Mathew is our great grandson in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky who is seven today… Dave and I laughed so hard last night when we watched White Chicks. It was so good for us to have a good laugh… I had a call from Judi, a friend in Iowa that we were to meet at the hotel today as they were passing through Oklahoma City on their way to their new home in Arizona but because of our bad weather she and Harry took the southern route to Arizona so we didn’t get to meet. But we will another time I am sure of it… I am starting to suffer from cabin fever I think. I can’t remember the last time I was out of the house. I think it was when I visited the doctor over a week ago… Schools were closed again today and it is so cold here… I did get to see the sun and watched a beautiful sunset. So I am thankful for that. Also we noticed we have some different birds eating from our feeder so I need to hunt up my bird book and see if I can identify the birds… I called Chip and Sharon and Sharon was bare footing in Florida. I am so jealous… We had leftovers for supper and I played on the computer most of the day. I did call Lori and Barbara… We received another Christmas card in the mail today and I think that will be our last one… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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