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.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The repairman for the refrigerator came today with the new compressor but it was more than that wrong with it. The thing that holds the freon was bad so they will be bringing us a brand new refrigerator. The computer doctor came and replaced my motherboard but more needs to be done to fix my computer as it is overheating. So we are waiting on a part to come in for it. But when you think of what is going on with the hurricane victims I have no problems at all. My thoughts and prayers are still with them… Tonight I sat out on the porch and watched the birds and the butterflies. Dave and Kenny were flying their planes, and Josh jumping on the trampoline. When he finished jumping he came down and sat with me. I love it when he comes to visit with me… I did laundry and hosted Dr. Mitch's chat tonight. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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