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 12, 2005

Thanks to Joann in Welcome, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I went to Yukon this morning to their Hospital for the MRI and I never did like having to be still for a long time but it was something I had to do if I wanted to know what is going on with my ankle. I was there for three and one half hours… We got home just in time for a big storm. Strong winds, so strong it blew off stuff on our patio. At least we didn’t lose our power. I ran water in the tub and bathroom sinks just in case we did lose our power. If we lose our power we lose our water too because we have a well instead of city water… Josh called me and we talked for a long time. He usually calls me when we are having storms. Josh always gets nervous when we are having storms. I still remember having to calm David and Kenny when they were little when we would have thunderstorms… I forgot to take my afternoon medications… We have been watching the deer in the evening. I get so excited when I get see deer… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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