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, December 08, 2005

David called this morning and also the nurse from Dr. Brown’s office called saying I needed to come in for some lab work. I had forgotten I was supposed to go back for that. I will do that next week… When I was in chat someone asked what I attributed to me doing so well after all these years. I came up with a list of things. faith in God. husband. 3. Thinking positive. 4. Always having something to look forward to. 5. DASNI 6. Chatting with online friends. 7. Keeping busy 8. Aricept. Not necessarily in that order… I was watching the birds at the feeder and under the feeder this morning really enjoying the seed that Dave puts out for them each day… The sun was shining today but still very cold. I plan on staying in… I made a donation to the Salvation Army. I couldn’t enjoy Christmas without sending a donation to the people who helped me have a nice Christmas when I was a child… I also made a donation to DASNI at: I have done a lot of resting today. It seemed like the right thing to do… Martha called… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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