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, August 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Laura is our friend in Nashville, Tennessee… Happy Anniversary Larry and Lynne!!! Larry and Lynne are our friends in Iowa Park, Texas… This rainy weather is making me lazy. I didn’t get dressed until about three… The sun came out late this afternoon... I made more nectar, hosted chat, did laundry and fixed supper… The doctor’s office called about my MRI. The ankle that was suspicious was only fluid. That’s the good news. Dr. Brown said the tumor was still there in my foot and he made an appointment for me to see Dr. O’Brien an Orthopedic doctor on Friday morning… I called Laura... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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