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 01, 2005

Happy New Year!!!
I went to bed early last night but I stayed awake till midnight. Dave was sawing logs at midnight… Erin our granddaughter and husband Kerry from Norman called this morning and came out and spent the day with us. We enjoyed visiting with them and had a nice meal together. And yes we made sure we had our black-eyed peas for good luck. I didn’t have any greens for wealth but did eat broccoli I hope that counts… Dave fixed up a computer for Kerry and Erin to use. Erin will be doing her college work on it… I think I am feeling worse today than I felt yesterday and my wheezing is worse. Maybe I tried doing too much today. This was my first day out of bed all day… Kenny and David called… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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