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.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Happy Birthday Josh!!! Josh is our grandson in Piedmont, Oklahoma who is sixteen today… Happy Birthday Janey!!! Janey is our friend in Plainfield, Illinois… I have felt kind of numb today. We have been unloading the motor home and straightening up around the house. I have been doing laundry all day… Tonight we went with Kenny, Kathy, Josh and Heather to celebrate Josh’s birthday. We first went out to eat at Josh’s favorite place to eat. Then we went to the bowling alley. I bowled two games. It has been several years since I bowled. We all had a great time. Then we came back to Kenny and Kathy’s and had birthday cake and ice cream. Josh really enjoyed his birthday… I am so tired tonight, may not be able to get out of bed tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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