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, August 26, 2005

I got woke up way too early this morning. A fly was aggravating me. Sure did make me angry. I went under cover and he finally left, I guess he gave up… I dusted, did laundry, hosted chat, and fixed supper. I fixed Spaghetti and fried green tomatoes… I had a phone call from Rosalie, a long time friend. I called Pat, a friend in Midwest City and Nancy in Oklahoma City. I like it when I remember to call friends… We needed milk so I called Kenny on his way home from work and asked him to pick up some milk for us. He was happy to do that… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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