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, March 14, 2005

Dave woke me up early this morning. I am sure glad I rested yesterday because we had so much to do today. First off we had to go by Dr. Brown’s and pick up a prescription for me. We had to take our motor home in to McClain’s for some work to be done… Then we went to get our fishing licenses and then to the nursery to get some pre-emergent for the lawn, seed potatoes. Dave bought me a couple roses, a Cecile Bruner and a Queen Elizabeth. We then went to Aldi’s to get some groceries and salt for our water softener. I think we did other things but can’t think what they were now. Anyhow, I am sure tired tonight so I will be going to bed early… I called Carole in Missouri to ask her to host chat for me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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