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.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Just a short post to let you know I am still hanging on… As most of you know I have quit going to church because of the panic attacks I get. Well today I really wanted to attend church. They were having a old time singing at the Methodist church here in Piedmont. Dave and I got up early and got all dressed to go. We even made it to the parking lot at the church. But then it hit me and all I could think of was getting back home. Dave said we didn’t have to go if I wasn’t up to it so we came back home. I guess I will continue attending church on TV. I hope God will understand… Today was our great granddaughter Macie’s first birthday party and I wanted to attend but just wasn’t up to getting out in the heat to go… We are still getting plenty of vegetables from our garden and enjoying eating and sharing them with the neighbors… I had a phone call from Chip today. He has started doing his journal regularly now and I am enjoying reading it. Go here to read Chip’s journal: Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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