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 05, 2005

Thanks to Joann in North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Dave brought me breakfast in bed like he does every morning and gives me my medication… I watch the news on TV while I am trying to wake up… Dave left with Kenny to spend the afternoon running around to pawn shops. I like it when Dave has special time with our sons. Just like I like it when I have that special time with them… I cleaned the bathrooms, folded the laundry from yesterday, hosted chat, helped fix supper, I watched a DVD “Tuesday With Morrie.” I had read the book awhile back. I want to live my life more like Morrie… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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