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, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentines Day!!!Happy Anniversary Morris and Andrea!!! Morris and Andrea are friends in Houston, Texas. They met on DASNI three years ago and were married a year later… Happy Birthday Amanda!!! Amanda is our grand niece in Seagrove, North Carolina… I have felt tired all day and I don’t know why… It got up to 73 today but it was too windy to really get out and enjoy it. I did go out and feed the Magnolia trees. I don’t know if I was supposed to but I did it anyhow… I watched “Princess Diaries 2” and fixed Dave a breakfast supper. I wanted to do it by myself but at the end I had to call on him for some help… I am watching a beautiful sunset as I type this journal… Kenny had some lumps taken off his head and neck this afternoon. I am anxious to see how it went… Kathy and Lori called… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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