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 05, 2005

March 5, 2005

Thanks to Alice in Idaho for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book. You can sign my guest book too,, just go to
Last night right after chat Kenny came down with his telescope and we all went to the back patio and I got to see Saturn. It was so neat… I slept well again last night. Before I got out of bed this morning I made of list of things I wanted to get accomplished and I managed to mark off every one of them. Maybe I need to try that more often… I washed my sheets, mattress cover, hung out the blankets and pillows to air out. I am taking advantage of this beautiful weather… I saw some deer tracks in our back yard but haven’t seen any deer lately… I answered a couple email letters that I received from friends in Indiana and Idaho… Dave got a lot accomplished too and then he and Kenny flew their model airplanes. I took some pictures of them, I hope I remember how to post pictures here if I do I will post one of them with their airplanes… We went out to eat Chinese with Kenny and Kathy tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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