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, January 29, 2006

The birds were singing when I woke up this morning. Makes you feel like spring is in the air. It was a beautiful day, very little wind and up in the 60’s… I was going to go to the mall with Dave to pick up our drapes but Kenny called just before we were to leave and asked me to ride to Chickasha with him and Kathy to pick up Heather and to Tuttle to pick up Josh. So I rode with them instead and gave Dave some ME time… When I got home I decided to call and ask Martha and Alfred out to eat with us tonight. I had a Cranberry/Apple Pie that I was dying to bake… They came and we shared a nice dinner. I did all the cooking... Dave and Martha hung the drapes and they look good… Thanks to Mary in Canada for hosting chat for me today while I played... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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