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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

We had a good time at Kenny and Kathy’s last night. Kathy is a great cook and sent leftovers home with us. It was good to get a grandkid fix too. I needed one of those… We woke up to three inches of snow this morning. Thanks Mary for sending it to us… When Dave went out this morning to put up the flag he saw a note written in the snow. It said “Hi Pops,” I think it was Heather that wrote it… This afternoon after I finished hosting chat we took the dogs and went to pick up the motor home. I am sure happy we have an extended warranty on the motor home… My brother called to let me know that we have lost another cousin. Melton in Indianapolis, Indiana passed away this morning. Our condolences go out to his family… The Schwan lady came and I got more groceries. Some of their stuff I really like… I fixed supper tonight all by myself… I am going to watch a Oklahoma/Missouri basketball game... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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