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, August 28, 2005

I have spent much of today trying to get AOL to work for me and finally had to call AOL for assistance… Monarchs are really enjoying the butterfly bushes and Lantana. They seem larger this year than I remember them being. The Hummingbirds are enjoying the nectar and Passion Flowers… I did a couple loads of laundry, fixed supper, picked up around the house, played solitaire, watered the inside plants and fed the flowers outside… Dave and Kenny are out flying their planes and I am waiting on a sunset but instead of a sunset I got thunderstorms… My thoughts and prayers are with all in the path of hurricane Katrina… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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