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.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Jr!!! Jr. is our nephew in Peru, Indiana...
This morning Dave took me into Piedmont to get a manicure. This will probably be last one for a while. It always makes me feel better to have pretty nails and besides today they were giving free haircuts and manicures for donations to our local volunteer fire department. So it was for a good cause. We never know when we may need them. I hope never… It was another beautiful day but a little windier than yesterday. Dave and I walked up to check the garden and our corn is up but our cucumbers were missing. So guess we will have to buy some more plants… We invited Alfred and Martha over for dinner tonight and I prepared the dinner all by myself. We always enjoy their visit… I am tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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