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.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Last night I called Martha and invited her and Alfred over to eat supper with us tonight…
I have had a busy day. Doing laundry and picking up and helping Dave fix some tortilla soup for our supper. I baked a pumpkin pie too. This is good weather for both… I had received a letter from the local Alzheimer’s Assn. asking me to call them. So today I did that and spoke to Paula who sounds like a very nice lady and I am looking forward to doing some volunteering for them. She said there are people who want to talk to others on the phone with Alzheimer’s. Some have the disease and others are caregivers. I will be doing the calling as soon as she gives me their numbers. I am looking forward to doing this. It makes me feel better when I feel useful… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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