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.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Columbus Day… No mail today… Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends…
We all had a good time last night with Kenny and family. I probably ate too much… I did laundry, hosted chat, and help fix supper. When Kathy our daughter- in- law called Molly Maids she found out they had messed up. The owner says she had someone else taking care of business while she is waiting for a new baby and they messed up big time… So they will clean Kathy’s house this Friday and when I return home from our trip they will clean our home. That is a big relief to know that they didn’t quit us. There is no way that Dave and I can keep up this big house all by our selves… The leaves are starting to turn right in front of my eyes… David called… Tonight is Seventh Heaven on TV… Martha just called and she and Alfred just are happy to be home... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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