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, March 26, 2005

It has been one of those good for nothing days. Very cloudy and looks like it may rain… I did laundry, picked up, took care of the houseplants and played dominoes. One good thing about today you don’t notice the dust and dust bunnies as much… I picked up some nice strawberries at the commissary yesterday and made us some strawberry short cake. Yummy… I had a phone call from Chip in Florida. He sounded chipper and is enjoying having his granddaughter and her friends from Ohio visit them on their spring break… We are getting several new members to DASNI and since I am a moderator and vice president it is keeping me busy… When we were having dinner tonight we saw our first red headed woodpecker at the feeder. We are getting new birds everyday… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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