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, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I have so much to be thankful for… I didn’t post a journal yesterday because I was just too tired. I had a really busy day yesterday. I got my haircut, flu shot, and picked up my new glasses. Also got more drugs and groceries… This morning I watched the Thanksgiving parade on TV and really enjoyed it. I remember times when I was unable to watch it because I was too busy preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my family. Those days are gone now… We had dinner with Kenny and Kathy. All of Kathy’s family was there too… David and Lori called and Jeanne in Hawaii… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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