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.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Last night I invited Martha and Alfred over for supper. I was feeling better than I had in a long time and I was missing our friends… We enjoyed a great meal. We had pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, apple salad and biscuits. We had chocolate peanut butter ice cream for dessert… After cleaning up the kitchen we then gathered around the TV to watch a DVD “The Notebook.” A great movie but it did make us cry… It has been cloudy and rainy today and not a good day for anything. I worked on the computer some, hosted chat, and watched The Notebook again, and helped fix supper… Tonight I am watching the Gaither’s on TV… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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