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, January 20, 2006

Boy am I tired tonight… We left this morning and went to David and Lori’s. Lori fixed us a nice lunch and David went to the feed store and got us fifty pounds of sunflower seeds. Our birds will sure be happy because we had ran out… Madison and Macey were there at David’s and I read stories to them and rocked Macey to sleep… We left there and went to Tinker, got our car registered with a new base sticker, then to the Pharmacy, BX, and the commissary… Just finished helping Dave put away all those groceries… I still need to ride my bike and then I am off to bed… I called cousin Ernie in Kentucky to wish him a Happy Birthday and found out his birthday isn’t until next month. LOL… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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