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.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Happy Birthday Jamie!!! Jamie is our granddaughter in Kentucky...
Thanks to Barbara in Kokomo, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Today would have been my Mother’s 90th birthday. I know she is having a big celebration today in Heaven with Daddy and my three brothers and sister. Happy Birthday Mom!!! I miss you so much… I woke up way too early this morning but one advantage to that was that I got to hear the birds singing… Dave spent the day at a safe driving school. It is put on by AARP. He will get a discount on our car insurance for attending it… I spent my ME time doing laundry and got it all finished. I also made a big pot of Chili… Today in our weekly newspaper Josh’s name was in there for making Principal’s honor roll for first and second semester. Josh is a freshman. Josh we are very proud of you… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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