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, February 16, 2005

I folded the laundry from yesterday and got it all put away and helped fix supper… Our nice warm weather is gone again. The high today was in the 40’s and it felt much colder because of the strong winds… Dave and I watched a DVD, “Something The Lord Made”… I called Joann with the Alzheimer’s Assn. in Tulsa to see if she would send me another newsletter. It seems mine got lost along the way. I have asked Joann if she will be a guest in our DASNI chat room and she said that she might... I wish you could all see the beautiful sunset I am watching tonight. We have such a great view from our study windows… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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