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.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Kenny is our youngest son who lives in Piedmont, Oklahoma… We have been loading up the motor home and getting ready for Texas. I think now all we need to add is groceries and last minute things. That takes a load off my mind…. I cleaned a bathroom and did laundry… Tonight we are going out to eat Chinese with Kenny, Kathy, Josh, and Heather… Then we will go back to their house for cake. Yummy, I have been so hungry for a piece of birthday cake… David and Lori went with their Mini Cooper friends on the Talihina drive… I called Aunt Flo tonight and she is looking forward to our visit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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