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, December 19, 2005

Happy Birthday Roger!!! Roger is our nephew in Colorado Springs, Colorado…
The nurse called me this morning to let me know my sugar and cholesterol were all okay. She also reminded me I had a urinary tract infection and blood in my urine and that I need to be checked again after I finish the Cipro… Alfred and Martha came with their three grandchildren who are visiting from California. We exchanged gifts and had a nice visit… I received another box today. This one was full of assorted homemade cookies from a friend in Georgia… It is a good thing I don’t have to go for a sugar test today. LOL… Kenny just came in and said it was snowing out side… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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