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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Thanks to Karen in Wichita, Kansas for visiting Mary’s Place and singing my guest book. Karen, we need more nurses aides like you who love and care for Alzheimer’s patients… Today has been a very tiring day for me. We had to make that long trip to Tinker Air Force Base to pick up our drugs, go to the Base Exchange and then to the Commissary. We even went to the Goodwill store. Didn’t find anything there I couldn’t live without. But did find a nice purse, slacks, and jeans at the Base Exchange. I also got a haircut…. I was too tired to cook when we got home so we ended up snacking instead since we had plenty here to snack on for a change…. It has really cooled off. It is only 66 degrees and very windy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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