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 25, 2005

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Happy Birthday Carole!!! Happy Birthday Joanne!!! Carole is our DASNI friend in Missouri and Joanne is our friend in Benton, Arkansas… We got together with our family at granddaughter’s house last night and we all had a wonderful time. I am so blessed with a great family. As I was walking into Chris and Jennifer’s house I was busy looking at their beautiful decorated house and wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and missed a step and fell down. Dave and Jennifer were able to get me up without calling in a crane. I am okay but a bit sore today. I am so thankful I didn’t break anything… It has been good to just have a quiet day at home today. Dave and Kenny were out flying their planes and I stayed inside eating everything I could get my hands on. I will have all this junk food gone in no time… David called and I called Carole and Joanne… A beautiful 60-degree day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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