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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Thanks to Richard in Smithville, Tennessee and Jenny in Mason, Michigan for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at… My brother George called me early this morning at 9:45 and woke me up. George thinks if he is up everyone should be up. LOL … This afternoon we went to Kohl’s and to the Hobby Shop. Then we went to Alfred and Martha’s for a delicious spaghetti supper that Alfred had fixed… After we finished eating Dave and Alfred went to their Men’s Bible Study group. Martha and I visited and played games… I called Chip in Florida… When we were getting ready to leave our house this afternoon I tripped in the garage and lucky for me the refrigerator was there to catch me. I skinned my hand and broke a nail but other than that I am lucky to just come out with sore hands… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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