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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Thanks to Betty in Silverton, Idaho, Joann in Welcome, North Carolina, Norma in Fullerton, California, and Fran in Maroochydore Qld Australia for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at…
Our granddaughter Jamie and two children Allison and Matthew are here from Kentucky visiting Kenny and Kathy for a couple weeks. It has been fun watching them get out in the evening and play croquet and volley ball. They all play so well together… Dave fertilized the lawn today and now we hope to get the rain that the weatherman has promised us… I made my first batch of salsa using Kim’s recipe and it is so good… Tonight we have been invited to Kenny and Kathy’s for enchiladas. Kenny is making them and I plan on taking up a couple of Schwan’s chocolate silk pies… I had a phone call from Nancy a phone buddy… Hi Judy and Dewey!!! Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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