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.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I have been doing Mary’s Place since 1999 and I just went over 45000 hits. When I started my web page I was hoping to help people who were newly diagnosed and I have done that many times… Dave has been outside all day doing the lawn and flying his plane. While he is out I am busy trying to see what I can eat next… I have talked to several people on the phone today Aunt Flo in Texas, Tom and Karen in Texas, Vicky in Illinois, George and Carole in Kentucky, Sandy in Texas, Norita in California, Martha in Vermont, and Norma in Canada. All who mean very much to me… I picked up around the house and fixed fish and hush puppies for supper… We found a turtle on our back porch but he didn’t stay long. We watched the Gaither’s tonight on TV… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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