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.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Happy Birthday Louise!!! Louise is our daughter in law Kathy’s Mother and our friend in Lawton, Oklahoma… We got some rain during the night and it has been chilly today, but the sun did come out to give me a sunset to enjoy… I put some things in the motor home, folded laundry from yesterday and put them away, hosted chat, played solitaire, and fixed supper… We are getting all our tax stuff together… I would like for you to check out Heather’s blog. Heather is a new member of DASN International, has Alzheimer’s and is 29 years old with a two-year-old son. … I had phone calls from Martha and Nancy and I called my school friend Lynn in South Dakota… Dave sets my medication up for me every week and makes sure I take it. I always despised the job of setting up my medication, it got so it was just too many pills for me to handle. I don’t know what I would do without you Honey. Thank you for all you do for me… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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