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.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Thanks to Richard in Smithville, Tennessee for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … I have had a good day. Dave and I went to Tinker Air Force Base to pick up our drugs at the pharmacy… We listened to my new CD of the Gaithers going and coming… We stopped by to visit Rosalie and David while we were in the city. Rosalie is an old friend and it was so good to see her again… We stopped by Kentucky Fried Chicken and picked up our supper… Goodnight All… I watched a beautiful sunset on our way home. I was wishing I had the camera so I could post it here… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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