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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

We saw five deer last night…
It has been a very warm October day but the weathermen are saying it is going to be a different story tomorrow… People will tell me they are going to come see me and never show up. They must think I will forget but I don’t and it is very disappointing to me when they do that… I had a call from Martha this morning. They had some motor home problems and slowed their trip down a couple days but they are fixed down and are on the road again. I sure am missing them… I did laundry and folded and put it all away. I spent some time outside enjoying nature… I am still hosting chats twice a day until Lynn and Alan return… I called Tom and Karen in Texas… Tonight Dave and I watched a video “Mrs. Doubtfire” I have watched it before but still enjoyed it the second time around… Kenny and Josh came down tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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