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.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King Jr. Day…
Thanks to Clarence in Welcome, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I got up earlier than usual, jumped in the shower, made the bed and picked up around the house because Pro Home was coming to look at our bedroom. They are going to have to do some sheet rock repair work before our warranty runs out… We have identified one of the birds in our back yard as Eastern Meadowlarks… I paid the bills, did laundry, hosted chat, and helped fix supper… I went back to taking the Lipitor. I will give it one more chance to see if it causes weakness again… We finally got above freezing… I am wheezing in the evening and have to use the inhaler… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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