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, December 11, 2005

Happy Birthday to ME!!! Today is my 66th birthday. How did I get this old so fast?I was wishing for a houseful of Poinsettias and last night I got my wish. Kenny and Kathy showed up at our front door with three large beautiful Poinsettias and they were all different colors. Thank you Kenny and Kathy… This afternoon we went to celebrate Jake and Trevor’s birthdays at Perfect Swing. It was very noisy there but I handled it ok. The boys had a great time playing games and etc… Then they all took me off to a surprise place to celebrate my birthday. I had no idea where they were taking me. We ended up at Johnny Carino’s in Norman. I had never been there before. The food was delicious. There was Dave and me, David, Lori, Kenny, Kathy, Chris, Jennifier, Jake, Trevor, Madison, Macey, Josh, and Heather… What a great time I have had today. David and Lori gave me a beautiful card and a new bird feeder with seed. Thanks David and Lori… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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