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 22, 2005

While my computer was down I missed several birthdays and anniversaries. Happy belated Birthday wishes to Austin, Kerry, Karen, Matt, and Edie. Happy Belated Anniversary to Mike and Betsy, Kerry and Erin, and Chris and Jenni…
Dave and I had a wonderful time at the fair last night. They had an Elvis contest where seven Elvis’s appeared and entertained us for a couple hours. One Elvis came down and sat down beside us and talked to us. How exciting that was. LOL… We met our channel 9 weatherman Gary England and visited with him. He told me if I saw a tornado in Piedmont call him. I told I would do that. I am already looking forward to the fair next year. I have to have something to look forward to all the time… I woke up this morning feeling very over whelmed with so much to do. The house was a mess and the laundry had piled up. I started doing laundry and picked up around the house. Then I started feeling better… We got great news. We are going to have another great grandbaby. Kerry and Erin are expecting. This will make seven great grandbabies… Dave and I made more salsa, ate some and put the rest in the freezer… A very hot first day of fall 95 degrees… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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