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, October 06, 2005

Brrrrrrr it is cold outside. It got down in the forty’s today, wind chill factor in the 30’s. What a change from yesterday’s high 80’s… I brought in my outdoor plants, did laundry and picked up around the house. Getting ready for the maids visit tomorrow. It has been a long time since they have been here. I have been trying to cut costs so we can afford diesel for our trip next week… We are going to Dallas/Fort Worth to meet up with Tom, Garnette, and Ben and their spouses. They are all DASNI friends and we will all attend the Brain Health Café in Dallas. Then we will go to San Antonio to meet up with many ADF friends. They all have some association to Alzheimer’s. Also, we will be visiting Aunt Flo and taking her out to meet our ADF friends again… I am getting excited but yet nervous about what all needs to be done before we leave… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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