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, June 13, 2005

Thanks to Frank in Shropshire, England for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book. You too can sign my guest book by going to: Dave and I returned from the Alzheimer’s Summit in Tulsa on Saturday. It was a great Summit. It was nice meeting Heather and her husband Rick. We had a lot of visitors to our DASNI booth. There were people there from several states including Massachuttes, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and California and maybe other states that I have forgotten now… I was busy all day Saturday and most of yesterday doing laundry. I was going to post a journal last night but it was stormy. So bad that I thought we were going to have to get in our storm room. One good thing is that we got a good rain out of it… Our garden is doing so well. We have had broccoli, beets, onions, zucchini, squash, snow peas, and cabbage so far. We will have a lot of vegetables to share with the neighbors and friends… I have been busy today going through paper work and tossing a bunch of stuff. Paid bills and got all caught up with them, hosted chat and did some DASNI work… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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