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 28, 2005

Thanks to Erin in Norman, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke up this morning at ten till six and thought the clock said ten o’clock. I knew we had a lot to do today so I woke Dave up and told him it was ten. Needless to say he wasn’t very happy with me. We both have been dragging all day… Dave took me to get groomed. I got a haircut, manicure, and pedicure. Tomorrow is Cindy’s turn… We went to an appreciation dinner tonight and I am so tired of going. Tomorrow I have to go again to the see the doctor… David called... Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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