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.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter...
We left around noon to go to David and Lori’s in Norman for dinner and an Easter egg hunt with the grandchildren. We also celebrated Erin’s birthday. There were eighteen of us there… The weather was just right. We were supposed to have rain but we didn’t get any… We got home just in time to see the sunset… Kenny, Kathy, Josh, and Heather walked down tonight, so I got some time with all my family today. You can't beat that... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger sharon raphael said...

Hi Mary,

I think your blog is just great.
thank you for sharing your daily experiences as well as your strugle with alzheimer's disease. I happen to be a retired professor who taught and still teaches part-time in the area of aging studies (Gerontology). What you are doing is really imortant. I will tell others to read your blog and I will keep reading it

I also have a blog near yours.

Sharon Raphael, Long Beach, Ca.

March 27, 2005 at 5:28 PM  

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