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, May 06, 2005

Happy Birthday Vicky!!! Vicky is our friend in Illinois… Thanks to Tom in Dallas, Texas and Sandi in St Charles, Missouri for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I had to get up early this morning to get ready for the maids… I am very sore today especially my shoulder and legs… Dave and I planted a rose that was given to me by Margie while we were on vacation. I now have several roses in bloom, also the Peony is blooming… Our financial planner Travis was here this afternoon… After supper Dave and I walked up to check on the garden. Everything is looking good. Kathy did a great job taking care of it while we were away. While we were up there we went to see Josh and had another piece of birthday cake… My phone buddy Nancy called. Also my brother called to let me know that my Aunt Althea passed away. Our sympathies go out to all of her family. Aunt Althea was my Dad’s sister. I only have one aunt left now and that is Aunt Florence in San Antonio… I have been going through emails in my spare time, only 236 more to go… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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