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.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

OU lost their game last night at the Orange Bowl and the best team won. I am happy that the OU team made it to the Orange Bowl for two years in a row… I went to bed last night with a headache, one of the worst that I have had in a long time… I woke up to very cold weather and ice this morning. We have had freezing rain, and snow. The weather is so bad that they closed the schools and I won’t be surprised it they are closed again tomorrow. We are to get down to six tonight and not much warmer tomorrow… Kathy called down here to make sure we had power. They have a different Electric service than we do. So they could have power and we could be with out and we could have power and them not. That could be a good thing as we can go to each other’s house to stay warm… I have felt good today. I cooked a turkey breast and made a big supper with some help from Dave… I had two movies come in from NetFlix and I shared them with Josh and Heather. They were White Chicks and Elf. I watched Elf this afternoon and will watch the other one later tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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