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, April 09, 2005

Last night I called my Aunt Florence in San Antonio. I only have two aunts left out of many. These are my father’s sisters… One has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My Father and one of his brother’s also had Alzheimer’s. It must have been passed down to me. I sure hope I haven’t passed it down to my children… The wind has been awful here the past couple days. I got out and watered my plants in pots and the roses. I am hoping the plants in the garden survive all this wind. I didn’t go up to check on them today. Too windy and I don’t want to take a chance of something getting in my eye… I hosted the afternoon DASNI chat and we had a couple new people show up, and I helped Dave fix supper. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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